The Necessity of Ethics in Criminal Justice

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Criminal Justice
April 15, 2013

Prompt: Give an account of the role of ethics and its significance to the functions of the criminal justice system in America, and describe its impact on crime and social control.
The Necessity of Ethics in Criminal Justice The role of ethics is important to the criminal justice system as well as the government because it helps maintains social control and crime control. Over time the role of ethics has adapted in every aspect of the criminal justice system. Without the role of ethics there would be corruption; the law would have little meaning because its application would be undependable (citation.) The criminal justice system, which works along with the government, has a great impact of how
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In the year 1982, the federal government funded a study named, “Police Services Study,” in which thirteen percent of 12,000 people interviewed were abused by police brutality. Studies such as the Police Services Study show that most brutality is pressed against minority groups (Cliff Notes- Police Brutality.) Police brutality ties in with racial discrimination against minority groups. There is also discrimination against homosexuals that are abused by police officers. When police officers are charged in court for brutality, they claim that they used the contempt of cop and situational variables which means that they attacked the criminal in self defense. The way that brutality is being prevented is not only by the role of ethics, but also by the internal affairs unit which means that units investigate complaints against officers to see if there is any suspicions of corruption, complains of brutality or other kinds of excessive force. After the police beating of Rodney King in 1991, the inspection general position was established to monitor citizen complaints dealing with police brutality and racial discrimination.
What often ties in with police brutality is racial discrimination. Racial discrimination is mostly aimed towards Hispanics and African Americans. A study done in 1994 through 1995 of a group of 90,000 middle school and high school teenagers were surveyed to see how they
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