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Discretion, Community, and Correctional Ethics

Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

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ISBN 10: 0742501841 / ISBN 13: 9780742501843
Published by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2001
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Title: Discretion, Community, and Correctional ...

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

Publication Date: 2001

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: Good

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Some two million Americans are in jail or in prison. Except for the occasional exposť, 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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John Kleinig is professor of philosophy, and director of the Institute for Criminal Justice Ethics, at Jon Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY.
Margaret Leland Smith is adjunct professor, and senior researcher at the Institute for Criminal Justice Ethics, at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY.

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