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Dimensions of Justice
Ethical Issues in the Administration of Criminal Law

Author(s): William C. Heffernan, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
  • ISBN-13: 9781449634056
  • Paperback    346 pages      © 2015
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An Innovative Text That Challenges Students to Think Critically About the Criminal Justice System

Criminal justice is centrally concerned with what people deserve—with the rights a defendant can properly claim when charged with a crime, with the punishment a judge should impose for wrongdoing, and with the scope of discretion officials may exercise when enforcing the law. Dimensions of Justice: Ethical Issues in the Administration of Criminal Law is the only textbook of its kind that addresses these questions of justice from an institutional perspective. Thought-provoking features, including Thought Experiments boxes that present imagined scenarios to illustrate the principles under discussion and Justice in Context boxes that consider the real-life applications of concepts, along with clearly presented learning objectives, create a strong foundation in key concepts, pertinent vocabulary, and critical-thinking and reasoning skills. Readers are introduced to moral reasoning and the underpinnings of philosophical approaches to justice, including readings from critical philosophers such as Aristotle, Augustine, Locke, Kant, and Rawls. Accessible but rigorous, Dimensions of Justice: Ethical Issues in the Administration of Criminal Law provides a unique and innovative approach that challenges students to develop a new analytical framework for thinking about the criminal justice system.

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Features & Benefits

  • Provides a groundbreaking approach to institutional perspectives on criminal justice
  • Includes coverage of contemporary ethical issues, including human rights, a chapter devoted exclusively to restorative justice, an extended discussion of transitional justice, debates about decriminalization, and an analysis of the death penalty from the standpoint of justice reasoning
  • Contains a section dedicated to discussing the connection between justice and international criminal justice, a relatively new field of study
  • Features Thought Experiments and Justice in Context sections that push students to contextualize key concepts and develop analytical skills
  • Includes clearly defined learning objectives for each chapter and an extensive glossary that introduce students to the concepts essential for talking about justice
  • Instructor resources include Lecture Outlines in PowerPoint format and a Test Bank

Applicable Courses

Appropriate for Criminological Theory, Justice Studies, and Ethics in Criminal Justice courses in a Criminal Justice dept. This text is also supplemental to theory courses, senior seminars and special topics courses dealing with justice issues.

Chapter 1  Thinking About Justice
Chapter 2  The Possibility of a Justice Convention
Chapter 3  The Justice Convention Continued: Deliberating about the Proper Scope of Public Protection
Chapter 4  The Justice Convention Continued: Deliberating about the Appropriate Response to Wrongdoing
Chapter 5  The Justice Convention Continued: Deliberating about Criminal Procedure
Chapter 6  The Justice Convention Continued: Deliberating about Equality
Chapter 7  From Natural Law to Human Rights
Chapter 8  Nuremberg and Beyond: The Creation of a System of International Criminal Justice
Chapter 9  Transitional Justice: New Democracies Grapple with their Past
Chapter 10  The Right to Be Left Alone: Determining the Scope of Personal Freedom
Chapter 11  Justice in a Lifeboat: Thinking about Life-Life Tradeoffs
Chapter 12  Restorative Justice: A Challenge to the Current System of Criminal Justice
Chapter 13  Sentencing Offenders in Non-Capital Cases
Chapter 14  Sentencing Offenders in Capital Cases: The Death Penalty
Chapter 15  Justice and Mercy

William C. Heffernan-John Jay College of Criminal Justice

William Heffernan has taught criminal justice at John Jay College for more than thirty years.He was one of the founding editors of Criminal Justice Ethics, a journal published by John Jay’s Institute for Criminal Justice Ethics.His publications have appeared in numerous law reviews, among them Georgetown Law Journal, Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, Wisconsin Law Review, Notre Dame Law Review, and Buffalo Law Review.He has edited Police Ethics: Hard Choices in Law Enforcement and From Social Justice to Criminal Justice: Poverty and the Administration of the Criminal Law.

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ISBN-13: 9781449634056

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