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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...
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Extradition in Colombia Still a Tool for Justice and Abuse

Extradition to stand trial in the U.S., long the biggest fear of Colombian drug traffickers, could now be a softer option, offering shorter jail terms and even...
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Mexico Federal Prosecutor Fails to Investigate 95% Drug Murders

Official statistics suggest that the surge in drug violence in Mexico is overwhelming the nation’s institutions, with the justice system struggling to keep up with...
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Mexico Prosecutors in Mass Resignation

Federal prosecutors in 21 of Mexico’s 31 states have resigned en masse from their posts, according to a statement from the Attorney General’s...
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Business Group Slams Central America Security Tax

A Central American business federation has come out against the imposition of new "security taxes" to fund governments' fight against organized crime in the...
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Mexico’s Morales Tackles Creaky Justice System

Marisela Morales is just a couple of months into her tenure as Mexico’s attorney general, but she already has a mountain of issues weighing down on...
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Measuring Reforms to Mexico’s Broken Justice System

Mexico’s efforts to reform its weak and widely mistrusted judicial system have broad support among legal professionals, though many are skeptical that it will...
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Do Mexico’s Police Focus on Famous Crimes?

Mexico's ability to swiftly apprehend suspects in the most high-profile cases, like the murder of the son of poet and campaigner Javier Sicilia, raises questions...
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After Portillo’s Acquittal, a Challenge for Judicial Reform in Guatemala

A Guatemalan court acquitted former President Alfonso Portillo of corruption charges, in a major blow to the credibility of the justice system and a sign that a...