rural crime

Valarie Smith

A new program for at-risk juvenile offenders in the criminal justice system was launched in 52 western Kansas counties and 29 northeastern counties last week.

As The Garden City Telegram reports, the Kansas Department of Corrections celebrated the launch of the Functional Family Therapy (FFT) program at the Finney County Department of Corrections in Garden City.


The most recent examples of hate crimes in Colorado, Colorado Public Radio reports, included carvings of swastikas on playground equipment in Longmont, which was preceded by two other reports of hate imagery in that area over the summer.

An apparent rise nationwide in these types of crimes is prompting advocacy groups across the country to push for better tracking of hate crimes.

Amy Bickel / The Hutchinson News

When most people think about vandalism, littering and shooting, they think of big cities.

New York Times

People in rural areas are now 50 percent more likely to go to prison than people in urban areas, reports The New York Times.

Kevin Romero / Via AP

In an unconscionable act that has a community reeling, a nefarious thief has stolen 19 cases of provolone from an eatery in Pueblo, Colorado. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the loss amounts to $2,000 worth of cheese.

The thief broke through padlocks on a freezer at the Do Drop Inn to get to the cheese. The thief didn’t take anything else.

Metal thefts plague farm country

Jul 21, 2013
Payne Roberts/Harvest Public Media

In the countryside, there are fewer people – and some prefer it that way, especially thieves. The National Insurance Crime Bureau says that metal thefts have increased by 36 percent since 2010 – and that leaves farm equipment and machinery as easy pickings.