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Ethical Dilemmas and Decisions in Criminal Justice (Ethics in Crime and Justice) [Paperback]

Joycelyn M. Pollock
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January 1, 2011 1111346429 978-1111346423 7
New examples of white collar crime, business scandals from Wall Street to Main Street, and more are all featured in ETHICAL DILEMMAS AND DECISIONS IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE. Real-life cases and situations demonstrate the significance of ethics in the world of criminal justice today for those studying or contemplating a career in criminal justice.

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PART I: ETHICS AND THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM. 1. Morality, Ethics, and Human Behavior. 2. Determining Moral Behavior. 3. Justice and Law. 4. Becoming an Ethical Professional. PART II: POLICE. 5. The Police Role in Society: Crime Fighter or Public Servant? 6. Police Discretion and Dilemmas. 7. Police Corruption and Misconduct. PART III: LAW. 8. Law and Legal Professionals. 9. Zealous Advocates. 10. Justice and Judicial Ethics. PART IV: CORRECTIONS. 11. The Ethics of Punishment and Corrections. 12. Correctional Professionals. 13. Correctional Professionals in the Community. Part V: ETHICAL CHOICES IN TODAY'S WORLD. 14. Making Ethical Choices. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.


"The strengths in this book include the current issues associated with correctional professionals. The topics are on target, particularly in the areas within corrections and the community. I particularly appreciate the review of basic philosophy and where some of the values and morals were developed; however, you did not make this a philosophical class, but one of practicality."

"Pollock does a good job of making most of the topics clear. This is a great text for introductory courses in ethics. The overall structure and focus of the text is very good for this size and type."

"I selected the Pollock text because I felt that it provides excellent coverage of ethics for each of the components of the criminal justice system--the police, courts, and corrections--covers ethical perspectives very well, and raises important ethical issues in criminal justice. Pollock also does a careful job updating each new edition. The major reason for choosing this book is its coverage of the material." This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • Series: Ethics in Crime and Justice
  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning; 7 edition (January 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1111346429
  • ISBN-13: 978-1111346423
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 0.8 x 9.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,769 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Joycelyn M. Pollock received her Ph.D. in Criminal Justice at the State University of New York at Albany. She also obtained a J.D. at the University of Houston, and passed the Texas Bar in 1991.

The first edition of Ethics in Crime and Justice: Dilemmas and Decisions was published in 1986 and continues to be one of the leading texts in the field. Dr. Pollock has also published Crime and Justice in America: An Introduction, 2d ed. (2010), Criminal Law, 9th ed. (2012), Morality Stories, 2d Edition (with M. Braswell) (2007), Prisons and Prison Life: Costs and Consequences, 2d ed. (2012), Women, Prison and Crime, 2d Ed. (2002), Sex and Supervision: Guarding Male and Female Inmates (1986), Counseling Women Prisoners (1999), Criminal Women (2000), Prison: An American Institution (editor) (1997), and is co-editor with Alida Merlo of Women, Law and Social Control, 2d ed (2004).

In addition to teaching at Texas State University (formerly Southwest Texas State University), she has delivered training to police officers, probation officers, parole officers, constables, and other groups in the areas of sexual harassment, ethics, criminology, and other subjects. She has taught at the Houston Police Academy, the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute, and has been a guest speaker for the International Association of Policewomen, the Texas Juvenile Justice Association, and the Southwest Legal Institute, among other groups. In 1998 she was awarded a Fulbright Teaching Fellowship to Turku School of Law in Turku, Finland. She was also a recipient of a Senior Scholar Justice award from the Open Society Institute. In 2007 she was awarded the Bruce Smith Award from ACJS for outstanding contributions to the field of criminology, and in 2008 she was awarded the Distinguished Alumni award from the State University at Albany, School of Criminal Justice. In 2011, she was appointed to the Science Advisory Board of the Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Dept. of Justice.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Good book for Criminal Justice Majors/Professionals November 26, 2012
By skagley
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This book is very thorough about the ethical and moral considerations and decision making processes involved in criminal justice. It has a thorough index; however, if you are reading it as text for a testable class, I recommend indexing the book yourself as you read. I index mine and include all bolded words, all sources, all names, institutions, cases, all lists, and diagrams etc. This is especially helpful in an open book testing environment. I have yet to make below a 95 on a test because of my index, even when unable to fully read the chapter. Once you have the index, you can print it out or, if you can use it in electronic copy, use ctrl+f to search for keywords. I'm 75% through the book and have only had to use the actual index 2-3 times. It does include a traditional index, names index, and case index.
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Fulfilled my needs for the class I am taking. Good condition as expected. Would certainly continue to use Amazon for my college textbook needs.
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Cheapest price for this book. So much better than buying or renting these things when the class is only a month long!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! September 1, 2013
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Used this book for a CJ writing intensive class. Very useful and easy to use. Has great guidlines for reading.
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Ethical Dilemmas will give you a better understanding of the guidelines to follow as a Government or privet sector employer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent April 28, 2013
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On time, as described. I would use again. Very helpful for my class i was taking at the time. Ty
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ethical Dilemmas and Decisions in Criminal Justice March 24, 2013
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this a gift for someone, and there is not a complaint about it yet .. it must therefore be good,
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