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This article examines the scope of nonlawyer judges in state and local trial courts, with an emphasis on courts of limited jurisdiction. It looks at trends in legal education and the current emphasis on judicial ethics. A review of statewide court reform in Pennsylvania is detailed as...
The purpose of this study is to examine criminal activity in rural America, particularly drugrelated activity, by analyzing trends in offending for two rural regions in the Midwest. This study has three main objectives. First, the authors intend to discover how many defendants in these rural...
This study reports the results of a telephone survey of 387 residents in a southern rural county concerning juvenile crime and justice issues. The study concluded that there are several communities among county residents, not just two based on race. County residents surveyed are willing to...
This article examines the commonly accepted assumption that opinions of crime and disorder in rural areas are similar. This is contrasted with the theory that views are based on the environment in which we live, work, and go to school. It uses the responses of approximately 150 officers, 150...
Studies of the police and courts suggest substantial rural-urban variations in resources and in the manner in which cases are handled. Although probation is among the most frequently utilized sentencing options, little research has considered geographic variation among probationers, in the...
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