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Costa Rica’s Next President Lacks Plan to Tackle Rising Insecurity

Voters in Costa Rica just chose their next president, but the incoming head of state doesn't seem to have a coherent plan for tackling record levels of violence in...
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GameChangers 2017: What to Watch for in 2018

Organized crime thrives amid political corruption and uncertainty. There will be plenty of this in Latin America in 2018, helping organized crime deepen its roots...
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Colombia Trafficker Links Costa Rica Business, Officials to Drug Trade

An interview with the alleged co-ordinator of a drug trafficking network in Colombia has confirmed that transnational criminal groups operate in Costa Rica...
Costa Rica's Caribbean Port of Limón
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Report Unravels Transnational Strands of Costa Rica Drug Trade

A recent report has shed new light on the dynamics of the drug trade in Costa Rica, highlighting how transnational criminal groups have co-opted local individuals...
Crime and insecurity affects Central Americans' daily behavior
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How Fear of Crime in Central America Impacts Daily Life, Contributes to Migration

A new report shows the extent to which insecurity negatively affects the daily lives of Central American citizens, and provides further evidence that crime and...
Dr. Francisco José Mora Palma (right)
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Costa Rica Organ Trafficking Trial Links Illicit Transplant Network to Ukraine

New details have emerged regarding the inner workings of a sophisticated organ trafficking network with international ties operating in Costa Rica, suggesting that...
A crime scene in Costa Rica
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Costa Rica Report Blames ‘Organized Crime’ for Spike in Homicides

A government report on homicides in Costa Rica concludes that organized crime is driving the rising violence in the country, but the study's shaky methodology...
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...
Organizers protest impunity in Mexico
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Latin America Scores Poorly in New ‘Global Impunity Index’

Nearly every country in Latin America is struggling to combat high rates of impunity, according to a new report that analyzes structural and human rights conditions...
Drug consumption is heightening violence in Costa Rica
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Costa Rica Local Drug Consumption Fueling Rising Murder Rate

An increase in domestic drug sales and consumption in Costa Rica appears to be fueling rising homicides, but authorities have tended to blame foreign crime groups...
Costa Rica Prison
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Costa Rica Criminal Record Reform Could Improve Women’s Post-Prison Prospects

Ana Chaves was one of the hundreds of women who benefited from the "77 bis" reform, which reduced prison sentences to between three and eight years for the crime of...
Fuerza Pública ex-director José Fabio Pizarro
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Are Crime Groups Increasingly Corrupting Costa Rica Police?

Authorities in Costa Rica have arrested a former high-level police official for allegedly guarding a large cocaine shipment, suggesting that Costa Rican criminals...