After reading the book Everyday Ethics for the Criminal Justice Professional by Kelly Cheeseman, Claudia San Miguel, Durant Frantzen, and Lisa Nored, my views on the word ethics has not changed. Personally the word will be something that can and will have numerous meaning. There is no right and wrong way to define the word, do to it being such a word that can stand for anything. Though my thoughts on the word have not changed, there are a few things about the word that can be elaborated on.
Well, I have done my project on economic theory of criminal law to understand the economic aspects of criminal law. While doing this project I came across the idea as what should be considered as a crime? What should be criteria for determining a crime? By this I mean to say what the acts which should be punished. Now the other follow up question which comes is that after determining which acts are to be punished, how should we determine their extent?
Law enforcement is a profession; ethics and ethical conduct play an important role. The International Association of Chiefs of Police established a code of ethics to govern the conduct of its members. This code of ethics, originally written in 1957, was revised by the IACP in 1989. The code of ethics states that the officer 's fundamental duties are to serve the community, safeguard lives and property, protect the innocent against deception, the weak against oppression or intimidation, and the peaceful against violence or disorder, and respect the constitutional rights of all. The code of ethics also states that officers must keep their private lives unsullied and recognize the badge as a symbol of public faith and trust. The police code of
Police corruption is a difficult issue cities have to deal with and one of the oldest problems in the police force. Corruption can be defined as the mistreatment of public power for personal benefit or private and the use of excessive force either emotional or physical. In this essay I will explain in detail federal indictments of Los Angeles Country Sheriff officers use of mistreatment of jail inmates and visitors. Another topic I will explain is the transfer of Los Angeles Country Sheriff hired officers with questionable background. Finally I will end by analyzing the hiring of new Sheriff deputies under the “Friends of the Sheriff” program. There are several ways police departments could take to reduce police corruption. The three areas I think should change are the training officers further in how to diminish abuse, improving personal character of officers, and incentives program.
“I am convinced that imprisonment is a way of pretending to solve the problem of crime. It does nothing for the victims of crime, but perpetuates the idea of retribution, thus maintaining the endless cycle of violence in our culture. It is a cruel and useless substitute for the elimination of those conditions--poverty, unemployment, homelessness, desperation, racism, greed--which are at the root of most punished crime. The crimes of the rich and powerful go mostly unpunished.”
This paper will describe several events in the book Anatomy of an Execution that were unethical on many levels. There are three sections mentioned in the textbook, where different ethical issues were discussed, Policing, the Legal and Law system and Corrections. For each ethical dilemma I discuss, I explain how the problem could have been avoided and a better solution could have been used. I will explain why these situations should have never have happened and how they impacted the results of the trial.
Ethics is moral principles that govern a person 's or group 's behavior. Law enforcement should have good ethics that is what the community expects. There are many opinions about what are good ethics. Some ethics may or can even cause problems. For example protecting is a good ethic that law enforcement should obtain. If their is a man who is not on their five senses either on drugs or drunk carrying a lethal weapon, any firearm, device, instrument, material, or any other substance that is capable of producing great bodily harm or death from the manner it is used or intended to be used. The police morality is to protect in order to do that they may have to agriate the man to a certain extent. For me That is a good ethic or moral since i see protection for the people who were around this unstable man. On the other hand others see it as police brutality since the man was not conscious of what he was doing, so is this protecting behavior good or bad for our law enforcement. For me ethics is just a way for people to judge you on what kind of person you are. There is a problem with that because people judge on what they think is going on not on what the situation is encountering. For law enforcement ethics are codes that the choose to follow on their own not because they are being criticized, but because they want to. Law
As we all know-there are a lot of social issues criminal practitioners deals with. Racial inequality, Gender inequality, Peace & justice, Health inequality, and Economic inequality are all key social issues. An example of a racial inequality would be, “Poor people of color are also increasingly more likely than whites to find themselves living in high-poverty neighborhoods with limited resources and limited options”. Even now today there is still racial inequality still going on which I think is horrible and unacceptable. Every Black, White, Asian, Hispanic, and all different races should all be equal. Another social issues example would be, gender inequality would be back then women didn’t have as many rights as they do now todays. All men were equal but women were not. Even now today I think in certain situations there is still gender inequality now. Which unfair to some women they should have as many rights as men do. Another example is health inequality, There could be this rich person getting better benefits than that poor person meanwhile, that poor person really needs the hel...
Various populations are served by the criminal justice profession and included among the needs are having their rights protected, their own safety secure and also the safety of their homes and possessions secure, and having correct investigations done concerning them. For the most part, the majority of individuals are aware that those serving in authority wear uniforms which represent their role in criminal justice, such as judges, police officers and related personnel. Known to a lesser extent is that criminal justice professionals work with people from all walks of life, including families, the homeless, addicts, informants, court officials, and the public at large. In general, criminal justice professionals are regarded positively and with respect since they possess authority; however, police officers often get a bad reputation for the abuse of power, as do some court officials, causing a negative perception to also exist for these specialists. Notably, criminal justice professionals deal with personal and property protection, in addition, they enforce laws while serving a wide array of individuals (criminals, victims, and others with a diversity of needs) while aligning to the duties and responsibilities of the profession which includes protective, investigative and enforcement tasks.
You are a 14-year veteran at your police department and recently scored third on a promotional test. Your good friend, with only 11 years on the job, scored first on the test. Your friend is a good officer with a promising future but has had some problems in the past few years. After having back surgery, your friend developed a dependency on pain medication that ultimately got him suspended, and he went through a treatment program to get clean. Now, more than a year and a half later, he seems to be back on track; the sky is the limit for his career. Your friend asks to borrow your cell phone for his shift because he forgot his at home and needs to make some important calls that he cannot use the city phones for. Since you are coming off a midnight shift and have to be back for overtime in eight hours, you see no reason why you would need your phone as you are going home to sleep; you let him have it for the shift. When you return to work for your overtime shift, you get your phone back. A couple of hours later, you receive a text message asking if you still want to meet up. You do not recognize the number, but you are curious and reply back that you will. The next text you receive is a list of pain medications and prices, and mentions your friend by name when the sender says to give him a call. You recognize that if your friend is involved in another internal investigation where there is potential illegal activity, he could lose his job.
Society and the individuals that make them up can be complex and difficult to understand. Based on the first question, ethics is defined as the principles that govern the way people and the groups that make them up behave. So what would society be like if a single form of ethical behavior is assigned to the criminal justice system? My response would be that it is nearly impossible to judge every single human being by a single form of ethics. In truth, what would our criminal justice system look like if it became so one dimensional, it would change the way we view justice and the way, which it is practiced. The truth of the matter is that individuals are too different to judge based on a standard. You might have a person that is clearly innocent,
The Moral Philosophy of Ethics as defined by Cyndi Banks is defined as “a branch of philosophy concerned with the study of questions of right and wrong and how we ought to live, Ethics involves making moral judgements about what is right and wrong, good or bad.(2).” Ethics in the criminal justice department is important because it justifies ones actions. In The Lucifer Effect by Phillip Zimbardo and Hard Measures by Jose A. Rodriguez, Jr. there are many scenarios of ethical dilemmas that need to be questioned.
The ten specific pieces of knowledge I have learned as a student of Fall 2017 Criminal Justice Ethics Class would definitely be the following:
Police ethics are extremely important because ethics are the typical of “fair and honest conduct” (pg 460). People may have a different definition of what is fair and what is honest, and there are different circumstances where officers may not be able to be honest; such as covert investigations. Society in general determines what our ethical standards and moral principles are. Individual morals vary among all of us as they are what we as an individual consider to be right or wrong. We also have morals that are set by society. These are what we as a society consider to be right or wrong and may go hand in hand with individual morals. Morals change as society and people change, therefore we as a country have to adapt to what the changing morals are.
In the criminal justice system, it is imperative to study the different laws and systems that the U.S and other countries share. Being knowledgeable about other countries justice systems will help you become aware of the many similarities and differences. Studying different countries justice systems will help the society understand the structure of the justice system and how it really functions. The Criminal Justice System consist of policing, the courts, and corrections. Trinidad, Tobago, and the United States are two different countries that share some similarities in within their policing system, court system, and even in their correction system.