Reputable Conduct: Ethical Issues in Policing and Corrections

Paperback | June 3, 2003

byJohn R. Jones, Daniel P. Carlson

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This book looks at the peculiar ethical demands in the policing and corrections professions, with particular emphasis on sub-cultural constraints, and how loyalty to colleagues can sometimes cause a sacrifice of individuality. It contains a unique discussion on whether ethics can be taught, covers sensitive, real-life moral dilemmas and the ever-increasing ethical demands placed upon police and corrections professionals. For Chiefs of Police, Jail Wardens/Superintendents, and Principals of Justice Academies.

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This book looks at the peculiar ethical demands in the policing and corrections professions, with particular emphasis on sub-cultural constraints, and how loyalty to colleagues can sometimes cause a sacrifice of individuality. It contains a unique discussion on whether ethics can be taught, covers sensitive, real-life moral dilemm...

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Why did a law enforcement officer in a large metropolitan police department brutalize a suspect? Why did it take several days for his colleagues to admit witnessing the event? Such questions lead officers to ponder their moral duties and obligation, known generally as ethical considerations as they relate to the law enforcement prof...

John Jones. Dr. John Jones has worked for more than 30 years in the human development field, as minister, hospital chaplain, youth leader, correctional officer, high school teacher, probation officer, and correctional institution administrator. During the last 21 years he has worked as an administrator and professor in the Law and ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 9 × 6.9 × 0.6 inPublished:June 3, 2003Publisher:Pearson EducationLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0131123335

ISBN - 13:9780131123335

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Written for students in college criminal justice programs, and for police and correctional officers in training, Reputable Conduct has been designed as a working text rather than a reference book. And while this work combines Dr. Jones's 21 years of experience teaching ethics with Mr. Carlson's 35 years as a law enforcement practitioner and instructor, both acknowledge having been well taught by their many students and colleagues during that time. By design, the writing style and tone of this book are very personal, for as we wrote it, we imagined our students listening in. Reputable Conduct is intended to be a friendly and easy-to-read introduction to the difficult and sometimes peculiar ethical demands of the professions of policing and corrections. It addresses some of the characteristics of these roles, with particular emphasis on subcultural constraints and how loyalty to our colleague group can sometimes cause us to sacrifice our individuality. How these constraints may affect the moral decision making of an officer is looked at in detail in Chapters 5, 6, and 7. One unusual feature of the book is the discussion in Chapter 4, which encourages the student to think about the role of the ethics educator. The discussion has been included so that the educator's role can be more clearly understood by the student. I hope this will reduce the possibility of misunderstanding arising between teacher and student regarding the purpose of an ethics course. Tools that may be helpful for resolving moral dilemmas are discussed in Chapter 8. Chapter 9 includes several case studies to give students an opportunity to practice using these tools. Some of the material in the book could be described as sensitive—even controversial—in nature. To gain maximum benefit from the experience of working through the book, students are encouraged to consider with an open mind the readings and the Reflections, which are searching questions interspersed throughout each chapter and based on the preceding content. This will require a degree of maturity and discipline. Reputable Conduct is designed to provide students with a vehicle to promote private thought and class discussion about issues that—from what I have been told by my students and many practitioners over the years—are important to the vital roles played in our society by police and corrections officers. If such thinking and discussion contribute, even in some small way, to justice continuing to be served, and to the individual officer's sense of well-being being enhanced, then the effort on all our parts will have been justified.

Table of Contents



 1. Introduction.


 2. Ideas.


 3. The Ethics of Teaching Ethics in Justice Programs.


 4. The Role of the Ethics Educator: The Lurking Dangers of Indoctrination.


 5. Subculture and the Individual Officer.


 6. Subculture: What the Practitioners Think.


 7. Tough Decisions.


 8. Tools for Moral Decision Making.


 9. Where Do You Stand?


10. Reputable Officers.


References.


Index.

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"Reputable Conduct: Ethical Issues in Policing and Corrections has won praise from students, recruits, instructors and practitioners for its lively, relevant approach to the study of ethical dilemmas and professional problems faced by police officers and correctional workers. Now, in this revised edition, John R. Jones and Daniel P Carlson incorporate recent findings and events in the field. They have also incorporated several important and valuable suggestions made by the reviewers of the text. The result is a book that provides the most challenging and engaging introduction to the study of ethical issues in policing and corrections available in the United States today." — Special Agent Stanley B. Burke, Law Enforcement Ethics Unit, FBI Academy, Quantico, VA