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Compared to America's urban areas, Idaho is relatively crime-free. That is not to say that the Gem State is immune to society's ills. Overcrowded prisons, domestic violence and illegal drugs are just some of the problems facing the state's law-enforcement officials in the 1990s. On the surface, Idahoans appear to be sailing on tranquil seas. But, as depicted in Glenn Oakley's photograph, there are menacing undercurrents to the state's peace and prosperity.

Record Group Number

UP 4.12

Publication Date

Spring 1990


Boise State University

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