News Analysis

Is Brazil's Military Police Training Too Brutal?

Is Brazil's Military Police Training Too Brutal?

Military police officers in Brazil are critical of their training regimen, in which physical, psychological, and disciplinary abuses committed by their superiors are commonplace.  Read More

News Briefs

Mexico Govt Contracted Businesses Linked to Sinaloa Cartel

Mexico Govt Contracted Businesses Linked to Sinaloa Cartel

Despite being blacklisted by the US Treasury Department, the Mexican government appears to have taken little action against a number of companies linked to El Chapo’s Sinaloa Cartel.  Read More

Are Mexico Marijuana Growers Becoming More Sophisticated?

Are Mexico Marijuana Growers Becoming More Sophisticated?

The seizure in Mexico of an advanced marijuana growing operation that used foreign expertise may indicate local growers are seeking to produce a higher-quality product in response to shifts in US drug policy. Read More

Guatemala Extradites Brutal Drug Trafficker to US

Guatemala Extradites Brutal Drug Trafficker to US

Guatemalan authorities recently extradited drug trafficker Jairo Orellana, alias "El Pelon," to the United States, ending a criminal career that left a bloody legacy in Guatemala.  Read More

Proposed Prison Reforms in El Salvador Fall Short

Proposed Prison Reforms in El Salvador Fall Short

El Salvador's Ministry of Security has proposed new prison reform legislation to limit extortion and better control prisoner contact with the outside world. Yet lawmakers from various parties say the reforms do not go far enough.  Read More