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Labor Initiatives in Women’s Prisons Struggle to Reduce Recidivism

Labor initiatives inside women´s prisons in Latin America aim to improve employment opportunities for female inmates, so as to reduce the rate of repeat offenses....
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Uruguay Cracking Down on Cattle Rustling from Brazil

A surge in cattle and horse rustling is plaguing ranchers along the Uruguay-Brazil border, but a new specialized unit dedicated to tackling the crime may be showing...
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Using Open Source Data to Combat Corruption in Paraguay

A digital platform in Paraguay is seeking to improve the detection of cases of corruption and embezzlement in a country with a poor track record in addressing this...
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Argentina Turns to DNA to Fight Cattle Rustling

Officials in Argentina have been discussing how DNA testing may be used to curb cattle rustling and rural crime in Santa Fe, indicating ministers will seek to apply...
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Microfinance Programs Fight Back Against Loan Sharks in Colombia

A local government in Colombia is offering small, low interest loans to people struggling to make ends meet in the coronavirus pandemic, to help steer them away...
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Going Door to Door: Mexico City’s Response To Child Recruitment

Officials in Mexico City have launched a new program which will seek to impede criminal networks from recruiting minors across its Historic Center, suggesting the...
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InSight Crime – From Uncovering Organized Crime to Finding What Works

This project began 10 years ago as an effort to address a problem: the lack of daily coverage, investigative stories and analysis of organized crime in the...
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Fake Turtle Eggs With GPS Trackers Seek Rollout Across Latin America

An experiment to track poached turtle eggs through the use of synthetic eggs equipped with GPS trackers in Costa Rica has offered a seductive new approach to...
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Costa Rica Boosts Plan to Track Vessels, Combat Illegal Fishing

By providing satellite data on its fleets, Costa Rica is the latest country in Latin America to take on illegal fishing, which costs...
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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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Argentina Puts Seized Assets to Good Use in Coronavirus Fight

Authorities in Argentina are using assets seized from drug traffickers to help fight the coronavirus pandemic, a tactic which can be replicated in other...
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History of Activism Helps Mexico’s Indigenous Resist Organized Crime: Report

A new report examines the factors that enable indigenous resistance to organized crime in Mexico -- an interesting framework for understanding how indigenous...