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...
Panama's Attorney General Kenia Porcell
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Panama Attorney General: Elites Attempting to Interfere With Graft Probes

Panama's attorney general has warned that political and economic elites have made threats against anti-graft prosecutors, mirroring a pattern seen in other...
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LatAm Presidents and the Law: Is Era of Impunity Nearing Its End?

From kidnapping and mass murder to money laundering and misuse of public funds, contemporary Latin American leaders have been investigated for a broad range of...
Graffiti that reads "Against Corruption"
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After Lula’s Conviction, A Typology of Presidential Corruption

On the surface, former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva's 9-year sentence for corruption seems reminiscent of numerous corruption cases targeting...
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...
Trump and Varela meeting on Monday, June 19th, 2017
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Panama President Presents Alternative to Trump’s CentAm Security Approach

President Juan Carlos Varela of Panama visited Washington, DC this week, where he presented development-focused proposals for dealing with security challenges in...
Former Panama President Ricardo Martinelli
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Panama Ex-President Arrested in US, Could Be Extradited on Graft Charges

Panama's former President Ricardo Martinelli has been arrested in Miami and may now be extradited to face multiple criminal charges in his home country, at time...
Panama's Manuel Noriega jailed in the United States
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How Panama’s Criminal Landscape Has Changed Since the Days of Narco-Dictator Noriega

Deceased Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega was said to have turned his country into one of the most emblematic examples of a "narco-state" in Latin American...
Panama's president inaugurates the new task force
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Panama Sliding Toward More Hardline Anti-Gang Policy?

Panama may be moving away from a softer approach to its gang problem toward a more firm-handed and potentially violent strategy resembling those of its Northern...