Essay about Ethics in Criminal Justice Professions

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Criminal Justice professionals make decisions everyday and they have to be able to recognize when an issue involves ethical considerations. Therefore, in order to recognize these issues and make appropriate and correct decisions, it is important that the criminal justice professional study ethics. In order to make a good ethical decision the professional will have to have the ability to apply knowledge of ethics, know the ethical terminology and the concepts needed in making a good ethical decision. Criminal Justice professionals are in positions of power and exercise power and authority over others. Therefore, it is important for them to study ethics because they must be aware of the ethical standards needed in making critical …show more content…
Whereas, an ethical piece of policy would involve a reasoned and considered analysis of a particular issue and a rational and informed approach. Education and training in ethics will make it possible for those criminal justice professionals in the capacity of making policy decision formulate an ethical policy (Pollock 24). Therefore, if the professional does not have an ethical framework to draw upon, the professional will have to rely on emotions, instinct, and personal values. Emotions, instinct, and personal values cannot supply adequate answers to ethical and moral dilemmas. However, training and education can provide the answers to solve those ethical and moral dilemmas, increase awareness of ethical issues, expand the scope of their ethical vision, and spur their imagination of the consequences of their decisions affecting others. Training will provide the formation of questions on which to base an ethical decision. Does the decision affect others? Does the decision hurt others? Would “I” want it done if “I” were on the other side? Would “I” be proud of the decision if made public? These are just some of the issues covered by the study of ethics. Most of all it is important for criminal justice professionals to study ethics to sensitize them to ethical issues and provide tools to help identify and resolve the

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