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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 US-Colombian citizen, is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University’s Center for Latin American Studies. He spoke to InSight Crime about his experiences with these parallel...

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 sign that...

Rift in Bagdad Crime Syndicate Fueling Violence in Panama

Homicides in western Panama have surged in a cycle of revenge killings, as one of the country's largest gangs struggles to maintain power and control over increasing drug...

Venezuela Prison Implodes Under Additional Strain From Coronavirus

In mid-March, alarms were being raised about how vulnerable Venezuelan prisoners were to the spread of the coronavirus and the draconian measures implemented to prevent its...

How to Measure Coronavirus’ Criminal Impact in the Americas? Wait.

The coronavirus has upended crime. But measuring it has not been easy. And predicting its impact going forward may be even more...

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Latin America Looks Inward to Evaluate Drug Policy Impact

Latin American civil society groups are attempting to turn "war on drugs" logic on its...

They’re like ‘Circus Animals’: Mexico’s Drug Lords and Other Prison Problems

Psychoanalyst and anthropologist Elena Azaola is one of Mexico's foremost experts on...

New Video Appears of Hit Squad in Mine-Rich Mexico Region

A new video of a caravan of hitmen in northern Mexican offers a rare view of the fighting...

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