Criminal Justice-COAS | Rural Crime & Justice
P493 | 2948 | 0004 Oliver
This course examines critical issues related to criminal offending,
criminal victimization and the administration of criminal justice in
rural communities. Within the academic discipline of criminal
justice as well as in the area of public policy, the occurrence of
crime in rural communities and small towns has been largely ignored.
Specific attention will be devoted to examining the social context
of domestic violence, youth violence, substance abuse, drug
trafficking, policing and crime prevention in rural communities. A
major component of this course will involve each student being
responsible for submitting a case study that describes how criminal
justice and other social agencies in a rural county in Indiana are
working to address the crime problem in their specific community.
(1). To introduce students to selected readings that examine
issues related to rural crime and the administration of justice in
(2). To facilitate discussion of the various factors that
distinguish crime and justice in rural communities from crime and
justice in urban communities.
(3). To facilitate students in their efforts to conduct a case
study of rural crime and justice.
Your final grade will be determined based on the following criteria:
Case Study – 150 Pts.
Draft of Definition of the Problem Section of Position Paper – 20
Draft of Rural County Profile - 40pts
Executive Summary Presentation-20Pts.
Five Written Assignment Responses – 50 Pts.
Davidson, O. G. (1990). Broken heartland-The rise of America’s Rural
Ghetto. New York: The Free Press.
Websdale, N. (1998) Rural woman battering and the justice system-An
ethnography. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publishing Co.
Weisheit, R., Falcone, D.N., & Wells, L.E. (1999). Crime and
policing in rural and small-town America. Prospect Heights, Ill:
Oliver, W. (2004). Rural crime and justice reader. Bloomington, IN:
Class meeting: TuTh, 2:30-3:45
Instructor: Professor William Oliver, criminal justice department