Ethics and the Criminal Justice System


This course examines the conduct of people who work in the criminal justice system by focusing on their morals and values. Law enforcement personnel are granted vast discretion and trust by the public that it serves, therefore, ethical decisions is expected. This course will focus on the socialization aspects of a person’s life and how it plays a part in ethical behavior decision making.


1. Explain the Justice System

2. Explain Socialization

3. Explain Morals and Values development

4. Explain Ethics and Ethical behavior

5. Explain the causes of Law Enforcement corruption


Ethical Dilemmas and Decision in Criminal Justice; Joycelyn M. Pollock; Texas State University—San Marcos. Seventh Edition; WADSWORTH Cengage learning


There will be a total of two exams given throughout this summer session.

Quiz #1—Chapter 1, 2, and3__for a total of 100 points

Final Exam—Chapter 4, 5, and 6__for a total of 100 points

Research project—100 points

Attendance 50 points

Participation 50 points (professor’s discretion)

Total points–400

Special Project:

Students will select a topic of their choice related to the criminal justice system. They will research that topic and write a research paper/proposal that will consists of a minimum of five pages (double space). There will be references provided throughout the body of the paper as well as a biography and a cover page.

Sample Topics :

· Police officer corruption

· Correctional officer corruption

· Teacher and student sexual relationship

· Juveniles tried as adults

· Police brutality

· Excessive force

· Clergy/Pastor unethical conduct

· Federal official corruption

· College campuses exam cheating

· Theft in the work place

· False testifying in court

· Corrupt city official

· Assistance with suicides

· Doctors and patient sexual relationship.

· Secretive information of a friend

· Cloning of animals

· Cloning of people for body parts

Students will also be required to give a brief summary of their research findings to the class for maximum credit. This project will count for a total of 100 points as indicated previously.

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