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Justice, Crime, and Ethics

9th Edition

By Michael C. Braswell, Belinda R. McCarthy, Bernard J. McCarthy


516 pages | 4 B/W Illus.

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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 ninth 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 ninth edition includes new material on juvenile justice, corporate crime, and prosecutorial misconduct. The “Policy and Ethics” feature and new “Ethical Dilemma” feature added to most chapters illuminate the ethics of institutions as well as individuals. 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.


This 9th edition continue[s] the strong legacy of this book. It is grounded in both its research and its inclusion of recent examples, provocative in its application to the criminal justice process, sobering in the failure of the justice system to apply ethical and moral conditions on too many occasions, and an important book for every criminal justice educator."—Clemens Bartollas, University of Northern Iowa

I began to use this book many years ago when searching for a text on ethics and criminal justice. It was one of just a handful of books on the topics. I adopted the book over others because of the contenttheory, topics on each area of criminal justice, ease of reading for students. —Gail A. Caputo, Rutgers University Camden

Justice, Crime, and Ethics is best among the texts in the market at raising critical questions and presenting information that forces students out of their comfort zones. —Adam Trahan,University of North Texas

This text does an excellent job of examining the ethical issues experienced by a broad range of criminal justice professionals. —Jane Lothian Murray, University of Winnipeg

Table of Contents

A Note on the Eighth 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

CHAPTER 3 Peacemaking, Justice, and Ethics

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

Steven J. Ellwanger

CHAPTER 5 Deception in Police Interrogations: Ethical Issues and Dilemmas

Steven J. Ellwanger

CHAPTER 6 Using Ethical Dilemmas in Training Police

Joycelyn M. Pollock and Howard E. Williams

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: Child 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 Keeping an Eye on the Keeper: The Impact of Corrupt Practices on the Prison

Bernard J. McCarthy and Cara J. Perry-Bellmer

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, Robin J. King, and Jennifer A. Pealer

CHAPTER 20 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


About the Authors

Dr. 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 in 1969, his Master of Arts in Psychology from the State University of West Georgia in 1970, his Ed.S. in Rehabilitation/Correctional Counseling from the University of Georgia in 1973, and his Doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1975. He joined the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at ETSU in 1977, where he taught classes on Ethics and Justice, Human Relations and Criminal Justice, and Film Studies in Crime and Justice.

Dr. Belinda L. McCarthy is Professor 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 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).

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / Ethics & Professional Responsibility
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology