Academic journal article Journal of Rural Social Sciences

Guest Editor's Notes

Academic journal article Journal of Rural Social Sciences

Guest Editor's Notes

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I am happy to present this special issue of the Journal of Rural Social Sciences. This is an update to the Southern Rural Sociology issue published eight years ago (See SRS Vol 23, Issue 2). This issue has five articles focused on the specific problem of Rural Crime. Crime happens in a specific cultural and economics context so it is of no surprise that crime would be different in a Rural v. Urban environment.

The first article, "Judging the Effectiveness of Anti-Poaching Hotlines," presented by Green focuses on the efficacy of toll-free hotlines to report wildlife criminals. The findings of this pilot study provide recommendations as to ways to better publicize wildlife crimes. Biggar, Chen, and Forsyth use eight categories to explain the difference between Rural and Urban delinquency in their article entitled, "Criminal Futures on the Ruralside." Johnson and May in "Rural/Urban Difference in Inmate Perceptions of the Punitiveness of Prison" examine the Urban and Rural difference of the perception of punitiveness of prison by prisoners. Next, May et al. look at school resource officers (SROs) and the issues of widening the net in the article "Do Rural School Resource Offices Contribute to New-Widening? …

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