Criminal Justice and the Ethics of ‘Moral Panics’

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Criminal Justice and the Ethics of ‘Moral Panics’: The 9-11 Connection
Introduction
There are many ways in which the theory and practice of ethics can be applied to the criminal justice system. Indeed, given the fact that the system is predicated on defining, deterring, and punishing wrong behavior, criminal justice is itself an ethical system.
Recently, Banks (2008) called attention to an interesting and unexpected way in which the criminal justice system embraces a form of unethical behavior, that is, by creating and sanctioning so-called moral panics (p. 221), examples of which are “the War on Drugs or the threat of ‘superpredators’” (p. 221). The theory of moral panics actually originated within sociology, in which field the theorist...
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.....dangerous feelings and actions that could lie ahead if we continue down the slippery slope of moral panic. Indeed, given that the MCA allows any American to be defined as an ‘enemy combatant’ and immediately stripped of rights that are extended even to people guilty of genocide, we have already begun down that slope.
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