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El Salvador's Legislative Assembly

El Salvador Reworks Asset Forfeiture Law in Favor of Corruption Defendants

In a full legislative plenary session, El Salvador's political parties demonstrated their ability to twist regulations intended to fight crime and shield the assets...
Brazil's prosecutor general Rodrigo Janot at the Atlantic Council on July 19, 2017.

Brazil Chief Prosecutor Applauds Multilateral Anti-Corruption Cooperation

Brazil's chief prosecutor highlighted the importance of international cooperation in ongoing probes of the biggest corruption cases in the country's history. But...
An aerial view of one of the Rosenthal mansions seized by Honduran authorities

Asset Forfeiture in Latin America: A Moral Dilemma?

Asset forfeiture in Latin America can be a powerful tool against organized crime, but one fraught with legal and moral...
Police training is lacking in new criminal justice system, experts say.

Six Shortcomings of Mexico’s New Justice System

Mexico's new justice system went into effect in June 2016. But because the law was constrained by a deadline, there are several key actions that authorities have...
Costa Rica Prison

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...
Jamaica’s Minister of National Security Robert Montague

Jamaica DNA Database Unlikely to Be Crime Fighting Panacea

Authorities in Jamaica have put in operation a new DNA database, a move officials say could help tackle crime in the Caribbean island...

Homicides in Guatemala: Introduction, Methodology, and Major Findings

When violence surged in early 2015 in Guatemala, then-President Otto Pérez Molina knew how to handle the situation: Blame the street...

Homicides in Guatemala: Analyzing the Data

In the last decade, homicides in Guatemala have obeyed a fairly steady pattern. Guatemala City and some of its surrounding municipalities have the greatest sheer...

Homicides in Guatemala: Collecting the Data

When someone is murdered in Guatemala, police, forensic doctors and government prosecutors start making their way to the crime scene and a creaky, antiquated 20th...

Homicides in Guatemala: Conclusions and Recommendations

Olfato. It is a term used quite often in law enforcement and judicial circles in Central America (and other parts of the world as well). It refers to the sixth...
Mexican Supreme Court Justice Arturo Zaldivar Lelo de Larrea

Report Analyzes Advances of Criminal Justice Reforms in Mexico

A new report by a US-based research group offers a rare look at how Mexico's judges, prosecutors and public defenders view the criminal justice system, which has...
CICIG Commissioner Iván Velásquez

Nearly All Crimes in Guatemala Go Unpunished: CICIG

Only 3 percent of crimes in Guatemala are punished, according to the head of an international anti-corruption body, a statistic that serves as a reminder of the...