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Gang Prevention in Central America: A Lost Battle Against State Indifference?

With migrants fleeing murder and violence in caravans and the evident flop of repressive policies in the Northern Triangle, gang prevention and rehabilitation...
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New Brazil Cabinet Sets Up Tug of War Between Military and Judiciary

The composition of Brazilian president-elect Jair Bolsonaro’s national security team has confirmed that his tough stance on violent crime continues to be a...
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Ecuador ‘Legalizes’ Gangs and Slashes Murder Rate

In some New York neighborhoods, wearing yellow and black with a golden crown symbol can get you killed. But in Quito, Ecuador, clothing representing the Latin Kings...
Drug regulation is being debated around the world
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Can Drug Regulation Help Tackle Organized Crime?

A recent report argues that regulating illegal drugs can help governments tackle organized crime, adding to a growing number of voices calling for the...
Mexico's President Andrés Manuel López Obrador will take office on December 1
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What is Behind AMLO’s Security Policy U-Turn in Mexico?

Days before his inauguration, on 1 December, Mexico's President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador has announced a pair of security initiatives that seemingly...
Mexico President Enrique Peña Nieto
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A Legacy of Turmoil: Peña Nieto’s Tenure in Mexico

Mexico President Enrique Peña Nieto ends his six-year term amid a rising body count, allegations of cover-ups, and having failed his nation on a variety of key...
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Police Along Venezuela Border Consolidate as Criminal Structures

Two sweeping investigations into police units serving along Venezuela’s border were ordered after the arrest of 15 officers, several of whom are accused of...
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Defining Organized Crime: A Primer (and a Friendly Kerfuffle)

Leading academics, researchers, and journalists dedicated to the study of organized crime around the world convened November 15 in Bogotá, Colombia, to share the...
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Can a New Database Help Tackle Argentina Police Corruption?

The launch of a new registry detailing thousands of corrupt officers removed from Argentina’s largest police force could signal a fresh effort to clean up the...
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Are Caracas’ Murders Really Falling?

A recent government announcement about an alleged drop in the murder rate in Venezuela’s capital, Caracas, raises strong doubts about whether official figures are...
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Can Brazil’s Bolsonaro Deliver on Crime, Corruption Promises?

Brazil's presidential election resulted in the victory of far-right populist Jair Bolsonaro, who has promised to crush rampant crime and corruption with an iron...
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Canada Marijuana Legalization Puts Spotlight on LatAm Drug Policy

Recreational marijuana in Canada is now officially legal, and while the decision is unlikely have a significant impact on Latin America’s black market, it could...