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10th Edition

Justice, Crime, and Ethics

ISBN 9780367196363
Published November 21, 2019 by Routledge
568 Pages

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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 tenth 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 tenth edition includes new material in a number of chapters including "Learning Police Ethics," "Using Ethical Dilemmas in Training Police," "Prison Corruption," "Crime and Justice Myths," "Corporate Misconduct and Ethics," "Ethics and Criminal Justice Research," and "Ethical Issues in Confronting Terrorism." The use of "Case Studies," "Ethical Dilemmas," and "Policy and Ethics" boxes continues throughout the textbook. A new feature for this edition is the inclusion of "International Perspective" boxes in a number of relevant chapters.

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 Tenth 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, Ethics, and Peacemaking

Michael C. Braswell 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 Balancing Harms: The Ethics and Purposes of Criminal Sentencing

Lawrence F. Travis III and Daniel J. Lytle

CHAPTER 11 Punishment, Crime, and Ethics

Laurie A. Gould, Jack Lightfoot, and Kayla Hulon

CHAPTER 12 To Die or Not to Die: Morality, Ethics, and the Death Penalty

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

Case Study 12.1: Politics or Ethics? A Governor’s Prerogative


CHAPTER 13 Ethical Issues in Probation, Parole, and Community Corrections

John T. Whitehead and Vanessa Woodward

CHAPTER 14 Restorative Justice and Ethics: Real-World Applications

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

CHAPTER 15 Prison Corruption

Bernard J. McCarthy

CHAPTER 16 Ethics and Prison: Selected Issues

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

Case Study 16.1: Who’s Running the Prison?


CHAPTER 17 Crime and Justice Myths

Egan Green and Michael Bush

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

CHAPTER 18 Juvenile Justice Ethical Issues: How Should We Treat Juveniles?

Kimberly D. Dodson and John T. Whitehead

Chapter 19 Corporate Misconduct and Ethics

Bradley Edwards and Michael C. Braswell

CHAPTER 20 Ethics and Criminal Justice Research

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

CHAPTER 21 Ethical Issues in Confronting Terrorism

Bernard J. McCarthy


CHAPTER 22 Criminal Justice: An Ethic for the Future

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


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Dr. Michael C. Braswell is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at East Tennessee State University. He has degrees from Mercer University, the University of West Georgia, the University of Georgia, and his PhD from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Dr. Belinda R. McCarthy is Professor Emeritus of Counseling, Leadership, and Special Education at Missouri State University. Her PhD is in Criminal Justice from SUNY Albany.

Dr. Bernard J. McCarthy is Professor Emeritus of Criminology at Missouri State University. He is also Director of the Center for Community and Social Issues, and Program Coordinator for the MSAS (Criminal Justice and Homeland Security).


The work is well-organized, and its chapters coherently flow logically. The authors have managed to fine-tune the chapter materials so that they build on one another, providing learning opportunities that students appreciate and which enhance the learning process. The interweaving of recent empirical results into reinforcing pedagogy is strong. Contentious issues are introduced and explored, and student discourse is constructive. We will continue to use Justice, Crime, and Ethics in our class, as there is no other comprehensive, student-friendly, and constructive alternative.

Harry E. Allen, Professor Emeritus of Justice Studies, San Jose State University

One of the key challenges of this course is the engagement of students in discussions about values/ethics/responsibility, etc. and on them engaging in learning which may and/or should challenge them. The module is aimed at directly engaging students with these ethical issues and the way that they will work professionally in the future. This text allows for the exploration of this in detail around specific areas, i.e. policing.

Ester Ragonese, Associate Dean Education / Senior Lecturer in Law, Liverpool John Moores University

The boxes with ethical dilemmas are great for students to learn how to apply ethical theories and how you can think about what the "right thing" to do is in many different ways. I also really like the chapter on alternative theories to the big ones like Utilitarianism and Deontology.

Doris Schartmueller, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, California State University