The Importance of Ethics in Criminal Justice (3 hours)

Lee Pioske


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Course Goal

This 3 hour course provides an exploration of the field of criminal justice ethics, which broadly encompasses the history of justice and theories of morality and ethics from antiquity to the modern age. One of the purposes of such a survey is that students will be able to express an understanding of schools of thought (like Utilitarianism, Contract Approach, Due Process v. Crime Control) and relate one or more of these ethical systems to their own personal beliefs, and perhaps more importantly relate them to ethical scenarios and ethical decision making opportunities in as many areas of criminal justice practice as possible. Three areas of ethical decision making opportunities are therefore studied in this course: Police Ethics; Correctional Officer Ethics (Probation, Parole, and Prison); and Criminal Justice Counselor Ethics.


• Better prepare Criminal Justice students to help the clients/offenders whom they serve, understanding the vast majority of them have problems either directly or indirectly related to addictions.
• Provide the students of Criminal Justice with a philosophical and historical perspective on ethics in order to increase their understanding.
• Prepare and position students of Addictions, Criminal Justice and other behavioral sciences to be credentialed at the highest level of certification.
• Allow students the opportunity to understand how ethics affect other Criminal Justice professions.

Your Course Instructor:
Lee Pioske, M.S., LISAC

Lee Pioske is a Licensed Substance Abuse Counselor with more than eight years of experience in the field. He has a Bachelors Degree in Political Science from the University of Minnesota and a Master’s Degree in Addiction Psychology from Capella University. He is currently director of one of the largest and most respected recovery Transitional Living programs in the United States. He also serves as a Therapist at a local Behavioral Health hospital in Phoenix, Arizona.

Lee’s story is one of great changes and comebacks. He is a recovering cocaine addict, and spent over five years incarcerated in various prisons. He has dedicated his life to helping people in recovery, especially those who were a part of the penal system. Today, he enjoys working with people interested in Criminal Justice careers, and spends a great deal of time with police, probation and parole officers. His goal is to help create a better understanding of addiction for people on both sides of the law. Lee has designed several courses for use by residents of rehabilitation programs, including Relapse Prevention classes that have been attended by more than 5000 people in recovery.

Lee is currently living in Phoenix, Arizona, with his wife Angelita.

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