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Mexico Judicial Reforms Go Easy on Corrupt Judges

A new report from Contralinea details the regularity with which judges and magistrates in Mexico are sanctioned for their misdeeds, pointing to the scores of bad...
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US Trains Mexico Officials to Carry Out Oral Trials

The US Justice Department will train thousands of Mexican public servants to carry out oral trials, as Mexico rushes to implement a series of sweeping judicial...
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Impunity at 90% in Calderon’s Mexico

Some 90 percent of people arrested during Felipe Calderon’s first five years as president of Mexico went free, according to the...
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Mexico’s Peace Movement Suffers 3rd Killing, as Activist Found Dead

An activist with Javier Sicilia's Movement for Peace has been found dead, with signs of torture, close to his home in Michoacan, west...
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Guatemala’s Crime-Fighting Prosecutor’s Job is Safe, For Now

Against expectations, Guatemala's President-elect Otto Perez has bowed to international pressure and promised not to dismiss the surprisingly effective Attorney...
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Guatemala’s UN-Backed Justice Commission Faces Budget Cuts

The United Nations anti-impunity commission in Guatemala, CICIG, will cut its staff by 30 percent due to a decrease in funding, but officials said this will have no...
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Guatemala to Extradite Portillo, but Real Problem Remains

The Guatemala government's decision to extradite ex-President Alfonso Portillo to the U.S. is a noble one. But even if Portillo goes, a bigger problem remains: the...
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Rio’s Top Cop on the Future of the Favela Occupations

Rio de Janeiro's public safety secretary talks about the future of the favela pacification scheme, the murder of a judge, and his next career step, in extracts from...
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Mexican Soldiers Working with Drug Gangs Face 60 Years Prison

Mexican military personnel who collaborate with organized criminal groups will now face treason charges and up to 60 years imprisonment under an amendment to the...
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Anti-Impunity Body in Guatemala Calls on Presidential Candidates for Support

The head of the UN-backed International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) has called on Guatemala's presidential candidates to work with it to combat...
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Brazil Arrests 3 Police Over Judge’s Death

Brazilian authorities have arrested three military police officers suspected of the recent murder of a Rio de Janeiro judge, who they suspect was targeted for her...
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Time to Privatize Colombia’s Prisons?

Since the days of Pablo Escobar, Colombian prisons have shielded criminals who continue to run their business from behind bars, and the current crisis in the system...