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What are the Signs a Latin American Prison Is Working or Not?

As part of his work in human rights, transitional justice and prison reform, Michael Reed has been inside dozens of prisons across the Americas. Reed, a dual...
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Gang Violence Increasingly Spreading to Women’s Prisons in Honduras

Deadly violence within female prisons in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador is rare. But a spate of recent murders in a Honduran prison appears to be a warning...
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Rift in Bagdad Crime Syndicate Fueling Violence in Panama

Homicides in western Panama have surged in a cycle of revenge killings, as one of the country's largest gangs struggles to maintain power and control over...
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Venezuela Prison Implodes Under Additional Strain From Coronavirus

In mid-March, alarms were being raised about how vulnerable Venezuelan prisoners were to the spread of the coronavirus and the draconian measures implemented to...
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How to Measure Coronavirus’ Criminal Impact in the Americas? Wait.

The coronavirus has upended crime. But measuring it has not been easy. And predicting its impact going forward may be even more...
Inmates in Argentina are demanding protection from a potential Coronavirus outbreak in prisons
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Coronavirus Turns House Arrest Into Hot Button Issue in Argentina

Fears of the coronavirus' spread within Argentina's prisons has ignited inmate protests and led officials to release prisoners to house arrest, a move that has...
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Introduction to Gender and Organized Crime

In Latin America, the participation of women in organized crime has been in the shadow of academic and public policy debate due to the male dominance in the...
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Coronavirus Could Worsen Health Crisis in Venezuela Prisons

A prisoners rights' group says about a quarter of inmate deaths in Venezuela's police holding cells in 2019 were due to tuberculosis and other treatable illnesses,...
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Report: Pretrial Detentions Continue to Plague Latin American Prisons

A new US report documents how pretrial detentions continue to overcrowd Latin America’s prison systems, leading to gang recruitment, violence and violations of...
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Coronavirus Lays Bare Faultlines of Latin American Prisons

Fears of contagion amid the coronavirus pandemic have spurred deadly riots, mass breakouts, and crackdowns in several Latin American prisons, exposing how long-term...
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Freeing of MS13 Leader in Honduras Raises More Questions Than Answers

A tactical military-style operation allegedly carried out by suspected gang members succeeded in freeing a high-profile MS13 leader jailed in Honduras, but serious...
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São Paulo, Paraguay and Beyond: The PCC’s Growing Power

Over the last few years, the PCC’s continued expansion into Paraguay has seen Brazil's most powerful criminal group leave behind its roots as a prison gang to...