corruption | Definition

Doc's CJ Glossary by Adam J. McKee
Course: Ethics

In the criminal justice context, corruption is the abuse of power or position for personal or financial gain.

Corruption can take many forms, including bribery, embezzlement, extortion, and fraud. It can involve individuals who hold positions of authority, such as judges, police officers, or elected officials, or it can involve private organizations or businesses.

Corruption can have serious consequences, including undermining the criminal justice system’s integrity and eroding public trust in government and law enforcement. It can also result in the wrongful conviction of individuals, the failure to hold perpetrators accountable for their crimes, and the misallocation of resources.

Efforts to combat corruption in the criminal justice system often involve measures such as ethical training and education for criminal justice professionals, internal and external oversight and accountability mechanisms, and strict laws and penalties for corrupt behavior.

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Last Modified: 01/08/2023


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