Ethics In Criminal Justice Essay

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An important role is carried out by the criminal justice system in a democratic society. My philosophy and approach for balancing individual rights and public protection is that law enforcement authorities should restrict citizens’ liberties through force to compel obedience of law if those liberties cause harm to the society. Authorities maintain law and order by restricting freedoms of the citizens through force to constrain them to obey the law penalizing those who disobey the law. However, the citizens must be free to exercise the freedoms granted and guaranteed by the Constitution. Therefore, the law must give way to reasonable exercise of civil liberties when those freedoms do not cause harm to others. Democratic governments are meant…show more content…
Ethics help us develop moral reasoning, define criminal activity and what society dispense as acceptable punishment. Law enforcement agents need to operate ethically, and the society will more likely be open and ethical in interaction with them. Attorneys need to uphold ethical behavior, and not aiming to win all cases at all costs. Self-participation has to include people’s willingness to share information, participating in the jury and self-reporting criminal activities. Ethics is applied in decision making in criminal justice for effective and just decisions. Normative ethics is crucial in decision-making in the criminal justice system and it is based on the notion that one should act morally using reason to determine the suitable way of conduct of self. Ethical relativism is part of normative ethics and it argues that what is morally right or wrong varies in a great deal from one person to another. The standards of conduct and methods of doing things differ from one society to another and there can never be a single standard of conduct for all societies; we must make ethical decisions therefore based on each situation. Relativism requires that we judge an individual who acted immorally by the standards of his culture and not our own (Cook, 1999). It is effective in just
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