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What are the Signs a Latin American Prison Is Working or Not?

As part of his work in human rights, transitional justice and prison reform, Michael Reed has been inside dozens of prisons across the Americas. Reed, a dual...
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The Professor and the Fixer: How a Colombian Middleman Got a Crime Specialist to Launder Money

While a guilty plea for money laundering by a decorated University of Miami professor continues to send shockwaves through the academic, law enforcement and crime...
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Why One of Mexico’s Smallest States Is Also Its Most Violent

A series of assassinations of high-profile public figures in Colima marks the latest manifestation of violence in one of Mexico’s smallest yet deadliest state...
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Coronavirus Has Not Slowed Looting of Latin America’s Maritime Species

The pace of eco-trafficking in Latin America does not appear to have slowed under the coronavirus pandemic, with the smuggling of maritime species being...
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Jamaica and Haiti Swap Drugs and Guns

Criminal gangs in Jamaica and Haiti are engaged in a deadly trade: the exchange of marijuana for...
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Armed Groups in Colombia Target Children Amid Pandemic

Irregular armed groups in Colombia have ramped up their recruiting of poor young people, who find themselves even more vulnerable with schools shut down...
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Will Top US Prosecutor’s Ousting Impact Latin America Drug Cases?

The US Attorney General's surprise ousting of a top US prosector could potentially have repercussions on high-profile drug cases in Latin America, two of which...
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State Intelligence and Organized Crime: An Old Relationship in Latin America

Investigations have revealed that Argentina's intelligence services under President Mauricio Macri allegedly bugged jail cells, engaged with criminals to ensnare...
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US Offers Eye-Catching Rewards for Capture of Ex-FARC Mafia Leaders

A US reward of up to $20 million dollars for the capture of two key ex-FARC Mafia leaders raises questions about just why...
Former Honduras Congressman Juan Antonio “Tony” Hernández, the brother of President Juan Orlando Hernández
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Arrests Could Strengthen Links Between Tony Hernández and Sinaloa Cartel in Honduras

The recent arrests of two Guatemalan drug traffickers linked to Antonio “Tony” Hernández, a former Honduran congressman jailed for drug trafficking in the...
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The Legacy of How Guatemala Destroyed its Own Anti-Corruption Crusade

In 2015 and 2016, anti-corruption efforts in Guatemala saw a ray of hope, as criminal investigations led to the resignation and incarceration of former president...
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Gang Violence Increasingly Spreading to Women’s Prisons in Honduras

Deadly violence within female prisons in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador is rare. But a spate of recent murders in a Honduran prison appears to be a warning...