Peru's interior minister listed 124 narco-candidates

The evidence suggests that Peru's upcoming local elections will be strongly influenced by drug trafficking, a phenomenon with a troubling historical precedent -- but one which the authorities seem to be trying to combat.

Guatemala's Congress elected new appellate court judges

Guatemala's Congress has elected over 200 officials to the country's appellate courts, in a selection process rife with corruption, which plays a role in protecting officials from legal action.

Jamaican Justice Minister Mark Golding

Jamaica has taken further steps toward legalizing medical marijuana and decriminalizing possession of the drug for all users on the island nation, as debate continues throughout the region on drug policy reform. 

Edelio Morinigo, thought to be an EPP hostage

Paraguay's EPP guerrillas have threatened to kill a kidnapped police officer if the government refuses to carry out a prisoner exchange, according to reports. If accurate, this would confirm suspicions that EPP are using similar tactics to Colombia's FARC rebels, kidnapping to force the release of imprisoned guerrillas.

Mexico's number of crime victims is rising

A self-reported survey of crime victims in Mexico in 2013 shows a similar upward trend to government statistics, but on a much larger scale, pointing to the huge number of crimes that go unreported.

An Orellana property seized in Honduras

More than four months after capturing top drug trafficker Jairo Orellana Morales, Guatemala still hasn't been able to seize his property, an indication of the challenges that the authorities face when attempting to confiscate criminals' assets.

El Salvador has announced a new initiative meant to combat rising crime and violence, with a more open, inclusive approach that contrasts with the secret gang negotiations that were central to the previous government's security policy. 

The house of the Fusina spokesperson

An armed attack directed at the spokesperson for Honduras' inter-institutional security force Fusina indicates either he or the force have made enemies of a criminal group, but the reason why remains unclear. 

The site of the infamous Carandiru Massacre

Thirty years ago, an alleged criminal organization called the Black Serpents -- whose existence was never proven -- was used to justify the government’s decision to halt the implementation of a more humane policy in São Paulo’s prisons. What followed was increased repression and the 1992 Carandiru prison massacre, which left 111 inmates dead. And then came the PCC prison gang.

In a case that could potentially set an important precedent for Argentina's ability to go after local organized crime, the judge handling the case stepped down after a photo emerged showing him attending a boxing match with a gang member's family.