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Discretion, Community, and Correctional Ethics - John Kleinig

Discretion, Community, and Correctional Ethics

By: John Kleinig (Editor), Margaret Leland Smith (Editor)

Paperback Published: 28th January 2001
ISBN: 9780742501843
Number Of Pages: 272

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Some two million Americans are in jail or in prison. Except for the occasional expose, what happens to them is hidden from the rest of us. Is it possible to develop and instill a professional ethic for prison personnel that, in partnership with formal regulatory constraints, will mediate relations among officers, staff, and inmates, or are the failures of imprisonment as an ethically-constrained institution so deeply etched into its structure that no professional ethic is possible? The contributors to this volume struggle with this central question and its broader and narrower ramifications. Some argue that despite the problems facing the practice of incarceration as punishment, a professional ethic for prison officers and staff can be constructed and implemented. Others, however, despair of imprisonment and even punishment, and reach instead for alternative ways of healing the personal and communal breaches constituted by crime. The result is a provocative contribution to practical and professional ethics.

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In this book, John Kleinig and Margaret Leland Smith, two well-known and insightful thinkers in the criminal justice ethics field, offer readers an exciting look at cutting-edge issues in correctional ethics. Contributions to this edited volume are first-rate and highlight the moral dilemmas faced by society, correctional personnel at all levels, and by those who are sentenced under American criminal law today. This excellent book misses nothing; with topics ranging from a discussion of whether a workable correctional ethics is even possible, to a consideration of moral issues involving gender and race.--Frank Schmalleger, Ph.D., The University of North Carolina at Pembroke

Forewordp. vii
Prefacep. xiii
Professionalizing Incarcerationp. 1
The Shimmer of Reform: Prospects for a Correctional Ethicp. 17
The Possibility of a Correctional Ethicp. 39
The Case for Abolition and the Reality of Racep. 69
Prison Abuse: Prisoner-Staff Relationsp. 79
Correctional Ethics and the Courtsp. 105
Health Care in the Corrections Setting: An Ethical Analysisp. 113
First, Do No Harmp. 125
Brokering Correctional Health Carep. 141
Ideology into Practice/Practice into Ideology: Staff-Offender Relationships in Institutional and Community Corrections in an Era of Retributionp. 149
Moral Reckoning and the Social Order of the Prisonp. 179
The Path of Least Resistance: Sexual Exploitation of Female Offenders as an Unethical Corollary to Retributive Ideology and Correctional Practicep. 193
Management-Staff Relations: Issues in Leadership, Ethics, and Valuesp. 203
The Ethical Dilemmas of Corrections Managers: Confronting Practical and Political Complexityp. 219
Additional Resourcesp. 235
Index of Namesp. 237
Index of Subjectsp. 243
About the Contributorsp. 253
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ISBN: 9780742501843
ISBN-10: 0742501841
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 28th January 2001
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.67 x 15.24  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.36