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After Working With CIA, Old-School ‘Cocaine Cowboys’ Face US Justice

A US court handed down an 11-year sentence to a former "cocaine cowboy" whose brother is currently fighting deportation from the United States. Both men worked...
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Jamaica Brings Back Security Force Occupation as Violence Rises

Jamaica security forces are being sent back into a neighborhood where the recent withdrawal of a joint military-police occupation led to a spike in murders,...
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Four Takeaways From Mexico’s Presidential Debate

Mexico's voters eager for practical solutions to tackle the country's record-high homicide rate and the increasingly complex criminal dynamics were left waiting in...
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Reality Belies El Salvador Govt Rhetoric on ‘Extraordinary Measures’

El Salvador officials boast that the use of “extraordinary measures” has improved security in the country. But this rhetoric contrasts with the real situation...
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Mexico Security Firms Need Regulation to Prevent Criminality: Report

A new report suggests that as many as three-quarters of private security companies in Mexico may be operating off the books, limiting their ability to improve...
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Truce With Criminal Groups Pits Bishop Against Mexico Government

The refusal of Mexico's government to recognize agreements between a Catholic bishop and organized crime groups regarding electoral violence in the state of...
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Rio Residents Support Military Intervention, but Doubt It Will Help

Residents of Rio de Janeiro say they support the use of the military as a measure to tackle rising rates of violence in Brazil's second-biggest city, but they have...
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Costa Rica’s Next President Lacks Plan to Tackle Rising Insecurity

Voters in Costa Rica just chose their next president, but the incoming head of state doesn't seem to have a coherent plan for tackling record levels of violence in...
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Unregulated Private Security Firms Fuel LatAm Crime, Violence: Report

A new report says that a lack of regulation of private security companies in Latin America is having negative impacts on security and at times facilitates criminal...
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Latin America Falls Short on Anti-Crime Efforts: US State Department

An annual US report on international drug trafficking suggests that Latin America continues to struggle with developing effective strategies to combat drug...
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Guatemala Changes Army’s Role Amid Political Crisis

Guatemala President Jimmy Morales' announced reduction of the role of the military in citizen security matters looks like a brazen attempt to score political points...
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UN Points to Abuses, Cover Up in Mexico’s Ayotzinapa Investigation

A United Nation’s body has accused Mexico's government of fabricating evidence and using torture to force confessions during its investigation into the...