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Reforming Honduras' National Police has helped reduce homicides
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7 Keys to Understanding Honduras’ Declining Homicide Rate

Due to a combination of factors, Honduras is on track to close out 2017 with a significantly lower homicide rate than has been observed in previous years....
The Incorruptible app lets citizens report acts of corruption
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Could New Anti-Corruption App Reduce Graft in Mexico?

A number of civil organizations in Mexico have introduced a new mobile phone application designed for citizens to report corruption, something that is becoming more...
A former Barrio 18 gang member
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Why It’s So Hard to Leave El Salvador’s Gangs: An Interview With José Miguel...

Around 85 percent of gang members in El Salvador have thought about distancing themselves from gang life or leaving entirely. But with few reported success stories,...
The program is broadcast in Spanish, Quechua and Aymara
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Radio Program in Peru Takes Aim at Human Trafficking

Peru's Interior Ministry has aired its first trilingual radio program to help better inform the public about human trafficking, a step in the right direction that...
Europol report tackles money laundering
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EU Money Laundering Analysis Offers Lessons for Latin America

A new report by the European police agency Europol examines why so much suspect financial activity results in so few money laundering prosecutions, and offers...
A new prison in Costa Rica
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Crisis in the Prisons: Five Guidelines When Reforming the Penal System

The high and growing rate of imprisonment in the region is not leading to lower rates of violence and crime. In other words, we know that prisons are not the...
Elements of Rio de Janeiro's UPP
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What LatAm Cities Can Learn From the Failures of Brazil’s UPP Policing Model

Community policing has become the go-to security strategy in the Americas. But as the case of the Rio de Janeiro's "pacification" policing experiment shows, its...
Brazilian troops on patrol in Rio de Janeiro
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Brazil Military Deployment in Rio Shows Past Failures of Militarization

Brazil's defense minister has announced a new phase of security operations in Rio de Janeiro that will involve a massive military deployment, a strategy often used...
Brazil's prosecutor general Rodrigo Janot at the Atlantic Council on July 19, 2017.
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Brazil Chief Prosecutor Applauds Multilateral Anti-Corruption Cooperation

Brazil's chief prosecutor highlighted the importance of international cooperation in ongoing probes of the biggest corruption cases in the country's history. But...
Latin America struggles to prevent human trafficking
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Human Trafficking Network Dismantled in Panama

A Panama court has convicted and sentenced three members of a Nicaraguan-led human trafficking network focused on exploiting people for manual labor, a promising...
A Rio taxi driver uses the Onde Tem Tiroteio app
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New App Aims to Improve Citizen Security in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

A new citizen-created security app has been introduced in Rio de Janeiro to help alert citizens about where shootings and crimes are occurring, raising questions...
Haiti’s prisons are the most overcrowded in the world
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Report Proposes Offering Legal Aid to Curtail Prison Overcrowding in Haiti

A recent report advocates increasing legal assistance for Haiti's prisoners awaiting trial, an initiative that could lessen some of the human and financial losses...