Criminal Justice: Lying and Deception

There are occasional instances in which no clear line separates acceptable behavior from that which is unacceptable.

1. Discuss briefly the ethical issues involved with the use of lying and deception to further the goals of the justice process, and the possible uses of deception within the criminal justice system.
2. As a criminal justice employee is there ever a situation in which lying would be appropriate? What would be your response if your police partner lied, for example, to a narcotics suspect in order to get a confession?


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