Prison Murder Mystery Rocks Guatemala

'King' of Guatemala Inmates, Byron Lima is Killed in Prison
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Who Killed Guatemala's Prison 'King' Byron Lima? (Part I)
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The Byron Lima Murder in Guatemala: A 'Crime of the State'? (Part II)
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The Byron Lima Murder in Guatemala: A 'Crime of the State'? (Part II)

The Byron Lima Murder in Guatemala: A 'Crime of the State'? (Part II)

On July 18, the day former Army Capt. Byron Lima -- Guatemala’s one-time “king” of the prison system -- was killed in an apparent squabble with another powerful inmate, his younger brother Luis Lima posted a video on his Facebook page.

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Peru's New Homicide Index Shows Spiking Violence in Drug Port

Peru's New Homicide Index Shows Spiking Violence in Drug Port

New homicide statistics from Peru reveal a nationwide rise in murders over the past five years, and an even steeper...

97% of El Salvador Wants International Anti-Corruption Body

97% of El Salvador Wants International Anti-Corruption Body

El Salvador citizens are almost unanimously in favor of creating an international commission to investigate organized crime and corruption in...

El Salvador Gangs Causing Tens of Thousands to Leave School

El Salvador Gangs Causing Tens of Thousands to Leave School

The number of children in El Salvador abandoning school due to gang threats has risen dramatically in recent years, illustrating...

Is Guatemala's Booming Private Security Industry Benefiting Org Crime?

Is Guatemala's Booming Private Security Industry Benefiting Org Crime?

The growing number of private security firms in Guatemala speaks to the state's inability to provide protection for its citizens...

Dominican Republic Politician Warns of Criminal Influence in Politics

Dominican Republic Politician Warns of Criminal Influence in Politics

The head of a major political party in the Dominican Republic has become the latest high-profile figure to denounce the...

Brazil Official Sees Crime as Bigger Olympic Threat Than Terrorism

Brazil Official Sees Crime as Bigger Olympic Threat Than Terrorism

A top Brazilian official regards crime a greater risk to the upcoming Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro than terrorism...

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Justice and the Creation of a Mafia State in Guatemala

As Guatemala's Congress gears up to select new Supreme Court Justices and appellate court judges, InSight Crime is investigating how organized crime influences the selection process. This story details the interests of one particular political bloc vying for control over the courts and what's at stake: millions of ...

The Victory of the Urabeños - The New Face of Colombian Organized Crime

The Victory of the Urabeños - The New Face of Colombian Organized Crime

The mad scramble for criminal power in the aftermath of the demobilization of the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AUC) is over. The Urabeños, or as they prefer to call themselves, the "Autodefensas Gaitanistas de Colombia," have won.

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Mexico’s Security Dilemma: Michoacan’s Militias

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Well-armed vigilantes in Mexico's Michoacan state have helped authorities dismantle a powerful criminal organization, but now the government may have a more difficult task: keeping Michoacan safe from the vigilantes and rival criminal groups.

Uruguay, Organized Crime and the Politics of Drugs

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After the lower house passed the controversial marijuana bill July 31, Uruguay is poised to become the first country on the planet to regulate the production, sale, and distribution of the drug, and provide a model for countries looking for alternatives to the world’s dominant drug policy paradigm. ...

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El Salvador's Gang Truce: Positives And Negatives

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Whether it is sustainable or not, the truce -- which the Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) and the Barrio 18 put into place March 2012 -- has changed the conventional thinking about who the gangs are and what is the best way to handle the most difficult law and order ...

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The possibility of ending nearly 50 years of civil conflict is in sight. While the vast majority of the Colombian public want to see peace, for themselves and especially for their children, the enemies of the peace negotiations appear to be strong, and the risks inherent in the ...

Corruption in El Salvador: Politicians, Police and Transportistas

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Since the end of El Salvador's civil war, the country's police has become a key player in the underworld. This series of five articles explore the dark ties between criminal organizations and the government's foremost crime fighting institution.

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As a bitter war between rival cartels grinds to an end, Ciudad Juarez has lost the title of world murder capital, and is moving towards something more like normality. InSight Crime looks at the role politicians, police, and for-hire street gangs played in the fighting -- asking who ...