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11th Edition

Justice, Crime, and Ethics

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ISBN 9781032353630
February 14, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
390 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Justice, Crime, and Ethics, a leading textbook in criminal justice programs, examines ethical dilemmas pertaining to the administration of criminal justice and professional activities in the field. This eleventh edition continues to deliver a broad scope of topics, focusing on law enforcement, legal practice, sentencing, corrections, research, crime control policy, and philosophical issues. The book’s robust coverage encompasses contentious issues such as capital punishment, prison corruption, and the use of deception in police interrogation. 

The 11th edition includes new material on the impact of social media on crime myths and political misconduct. Law enforcement issues including the George Floyd case and responding to domestic as well as foreign terrorism, including the January 6th insurrection in Washington, D.C. are examined. The potential ethical implications of Roe v. Wade being overturned by the Supreme Court are also explored. Emerging issues in corporate misconduct are also discussed including healthcare fraud and corruption as well as crypto-currency fraud.

Students of criminal justice, as well as instructors and professionals in the field, continue to rely on this thorough, dependable resource on ethical decision making in the criminal justice system. 

Table of Contents

A Note about the Eleventh Edition 


CHAPTER 1 Ethics, Crime, and Justice: An Introductory Note to Students 

Michael C. Braswell 

CHAPTER 2 Utilitarian and Deontological Approaches to Criminal Justice Ethics 

Jeffrey Gold and Michael DeValve 

CHAPTER 3 Justice, Virtue Ethics, and Peacemaking 

Michael C. Braswell, Michael DeValve, and Lana A. McDowell 

Case Study 3.1: To Help or Not to Help? 

Exercise I.1: Your Personal Philosophy 

Exercise I.2: The Ethics of Drug Control Policy 


CHAPTER 4 Learning Police Ethics: Sources Content, and Implications 

Steven J. Ellwanger and Doris M. Hall 

CHAPTER 5 Using Ethical Dilemmas in Training Police 

Joycelyn M. Pollock, Glen A. Ishoy and Howard E. Williams 

CHAPTER 6 Deception in Police Interrogations: Ethical Issues and Dilemmas 

Steven J. Ellwanger 

CHAPTER 7 Police Ethics, Legal Proselytism, and the Social Order: Paving the Path to Misconduct 

Victor E. Kappeler, Gary W. Potter, and Edward Green 


CHAPTER 8 Whatever Happened to Atticus Finch? Lawyers as Legal Advocates and Moral Agents 

Joycelyn M. Pollock 

Case Study 8.1: Statutory Rapist 

CHAPTER 9 Ethical Challenges for Prosecutors 

Richard R.E. Kania 

Case Study 9.1: It’s a Rat Race, and the Best Rat Wins 

CHAPTER 10 Punishment Sentencing 

Laurie A. Gould 

CHAPTER 11 To Die or Not to Die: Morality, Ethics, and the Death Penalty 

John T. Whitehead, Michael C. Braswell, and Kyle A. Burgason 

Case Study 11.1: Politics or Ethics? A Governor’s Prerogative 


CHAPTER 12 Ethical Issues in Probation, Parole, and Community Corrections 

John T. Whitehead and Vanessa Woodward 

CHAPTER 13 Restorative Justice and Ethics: Real-World Applications 

Lana McDowell, Michael C. Braswell, and John T. Whitehead 

CHAPTER 14 Prison Corruption 

Bernard J. McCarthy 

CHAPTER 15 Ethics and Prison: Selected Issues 

John T. Whitehead, Bradley Edwards, and Hayden Griffin III 

Case Study 15.1: Who’s Running the Prison? 


CHAPTER 16 Crime and Justice Myths 

Egan Green and Michael Bush 

Exercise V.1: How Television Affects Our Perceptions of Crime 

CHAPTER 17 Juvenile Justice Ethical Issues: How Should We Treat Juveniles? 

Kimberly D. Dodson and John T. Whitehead 

Chapter 18 Corporate Misconduct and Ethics 

Bradley Edwards and Michael C. Braswell 

CHAPTER 19 Ethics and Criminal Justice Research 

Belinda R. McCarthy, Bernard J. McCarthy, and Jennifer A. Pealer 

CHAPTER 20 Ethical Issues in Confronting Terrorism 

Bernard J. McCarthy 


CHAPTER 21 Criminal Justice: An Ethic for the Future 

Michael C. Braswell, Kyle A. Burgason, and Robert C. England 




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Michael C. Braswell is Professor Emeritus of the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology of East Tennessee State University (ETSU). Braswell received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Mercer University, a Master of Arts in Psychology from the State University of West Georgia, his Ed.S. in Rehabilitation/Correctional Counseling from the University of Georgia, and his Doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi. He joined the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at ETSU, where he taught classes on Ethics and Justice, Human Relations and Criminal Justice, and Film Studies in Crime and Justice.  

Bradley D. Edwards is an Associate Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at East Tennessee State University (ETSU). His previous publications include the areas of policing, corrections, ethics, restorative justice, and corporate misconduct. He also is the co-author for Introduction to Criminal Justice by Routledge, which is currently in its ninth edition. Edwards obtained his B.S. and M.A. in Criminal Justice from East Tennessee State University, as well as his Ed.D. from ETSU with a concentration in Post-Secondary and Private Sector Leadership in 2017.

Belinda R. McCarthy became the first provost at Missouri State University (MSU) in 2006 after serving as Professor of Counseling, Leadership, and Special Education. Before joining MSU she was a professor of criminal justice and public affairs and dean of the College of Health and Public Affairs at the University of Central Florida for 16 years.is. Her PhD is in Criminal Justice from SUNY Albany.  

Bernard J. McCarthy is Professor Emeritus of Criminal Justice at Missouri State University. He was also Director of the Center for Community and Social Issues, and Program Coordinator for the MSAS (Criminal Justice and Homeland Security). His research interests focus on the impact of policy changes on criminal justice operations and program evaluation.