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Venezuela security forces watch demonstrating protestors
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Could Dissent in Venezuela Military, Judiciary Crack Maduro’s Criminal Regime?

Cracks have appeared in Venezuela's increasingly criminal regime. Dissidence has set in within the military, which is propping up the flailing government, and a key...
This week's Facebook Live stream tackled prisons
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Weekly InSight: Latin America’s Prison Dilemma

In our June 1 Facebook Live, co-directors Steven Dudley and Jeremy McDermott spoke about InSight Crime’s special investigation of prisons and their often...
President Nicolás Maduro in a recent military display
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Dark Times in Venezuela Signal Bright Future for Organized Crime

Whatever happens following "the mother of all protests" in Venezuela on April 19, political uncertainty looks guaranteed and will be embraced by organized crime....
Venezuela's General Penitentiary, the site of the mass grave
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Mass Grave in Venezuela Prison Signals Authorities’ Lack of Control

The recent discovery of a mass grave in a Venezuela prison highlights the dangerous conditions that prevail in the country's penitentiary system, as well as the...
The Maduro government has created conditions that have allowed for the accelerated growth of criminality and organized crime.
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GameChangers 2016: Criminality and Organized Crime Thrives in Venezuela

This year has brought Venezuela to its knees -- economically, politically and socially -- providing organized crime with extremely fertile...
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Train of the Plain

"El Tren de Llano" (Train of the Plain) is one of the first so-called "megabandas" or criminal gangs to develop in Venezuela. The criminal enterprise is active in...
Franklin Paúl Hernández Quezada, alias "Franklyn Masacre," one of Venezuela's "pranes"
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Venezuela Prison Bosses Wield Power Behind Bars and On Streets

New photos show the privileged lifestyle enjoyed by Venezuela's "pranes," a reminder that these prison bosses have achieved widespread control over the country's...
Venezuela launched its OLP security initiative in July 2015
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Extrajudicial Killings Accompany Venezuela Security Raids

Experts say extrajudicial killings have jumped alarmingly since the Venezuelan government began a new anti-crime initiative last year, further suggesting that...
OLP in Ciudad Caricia. c/o RunRun.es
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Black Ops: The Dark Side of Venezuela’s OLPs

One of Venezuela’s top digital media organizations leads us on an in-depth tour through the aftermath of one of the government’s controversial OLP anti-crime...
Composite from Picure's police file
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Police Vendetta Ends ‘Myth’ of Venezuela Crime Boss

Venezuelan authorities celebrated the death of the country's most wanted criminal at the hands of law enforcement this month but the killing of the gang leader...
Venezuelan criminal organizations are increasingly sophisticated
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Pirates, Contraband, and Mega-Gangs in Venezuela

In this second article, Venezuelan journalist Javier Mayorca examines the evolution of organized crime in Venezuela, from the first manifestations of official...
Venezuelan authorities with seized contraband
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The Origins of Organized Crime in Venezuela

In this two-part series, Venezuelan journalist Javier Mayorca examines the evolution of organized crime in Venezuela, from the first manifestations of official...