Rural Crime and Poverty: Violence, Drugs, and Other Issues
by Jean Ford
What do these regions have in common: the Appalachian Mountains; the Deep South; the shores of the Rio Grande; Midwest flatlands; North Central prairies; the glacial plains of Alaska and Canada; northern forests and islands? They\'re all rural, but these areas share far more than being \"out in the sticks.\" Each region is home to real teenagers; each has pockets of chronic poverty; and they all struggle with crime. We\'ve all heard about city crime-but what about crime in rural America? Does poverty impact crime there? Is there even crime there? Sadly, many stereotypes exist about poor people, rural people, and rural crime. Put all three together, and the stereotype is grossly inaccurate. This book will tell you what it\'s really like to live rurally, in poverty, from the mouths of teens who live it every day. Then you\'ll look into specific areas of rural crime: substance abuse, vandalism, violent crime, even murder, and how poverty impacts (or doesn\'t impact) them. You\'ll also read about actual criminal cases, including excerpts from real teens experiencing real crimes. When we learn about other people\'s lives, particularly people we\'ve never encountered, we can learn a little bit more about ourselves.
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