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Haiti’s prisons are the most overcrowded in the world

Report Proposes Offering Legal Aid to Curtail Prison Overcrowding in Haiti

A recent report advocates increasing legal assistance for Haiti's prisoners awaiting trial, an initiative that could lessen some of the human and financial losses...
Inmates doing exercise inside Acacías prison

Uruguay, Colombia Put Inmates to Work to Fight Organized Crime

In contrast to most of the region, Uruguay's government and at least one prison in Colombia are taking steps to provide more opportunities and rehabilitation to...
Brazil's Minister of the Environment, Sarney Filho

Brazil Launches Program to Trace Illegal Logging in Amazon

Authorities in Brazil have announced a new strategy to reduce illegal logging and timber trafficking in the Amazon, but the plan is likely to face serious obstacles...
Honduras’ Attorney General Óscar Fernando Chinchilla

Honduras Extraditions Expose Judicial System’s Weak Links

Honduras' Attorney General's Office has helped capture some of the country's most powerful criminals and their assets, shaking the country's underworld, but the...
Cali police officer talks to youths about gang program

Cali, Colombia to Expand Gang Reintegration Program in 2017

Local officials in Cali, Colombia are planning to expand a recently instituted gang reintegration program, raising questions about what type of long-term impact...
Meditation has helped bring violence levels down among inmates in Mexico's Apodaca prison

How Meditation Reduced Violence in a Mexico Prison

A meditation technique has been praised for pacifying what was once among Mexico's most violent prisons, demonstrating the success of rehabilitation techniques in a...
Palmira, Colombia

Police, Social Action Credited with Taming Deadly Colombia City

The violence plagued city of Palmira saw 46 percent fewer homicides in the first six months of 2016 than in the same period a year earlier, a sign that new security...
Incarcerated youth gang members in Guatemala

Guatemala Prison Programs Rehabilitate 70% of Minors: Report

A new report says more than two-thirds of all jailed youths in Guatemala are "rehabilitated" while incarcerated, a rare bright spot for the country's oft-maligned...
Coca eradicators in Peru

Peru Coca Cultivation Lowest in 15 Years: UN

Coca cultivation continues to fall in Peru in response to unprecedented eradication efforts, but this progress is undermined by the government's failure to...
Medellin's homicide rate has declined dramatically

To Reduce Urban Violence in LatAm, Learn From Success Stories

If Latin America hopes to shed its dubious title as the world's most violent region, it will have to lower homicides in the areas where they are most concentrated:...
Police in Honduras

Breaking Precedent, Honduras Police Reform Makes Progress

A two-month old police reform commission in Honduras has already made significant progress toward cleaning up the country's notoriously troubled law enforcement...
Police roundup in Ciudad Delgado

El Salvador’s ‘Plan Seguro’ Failing to Make Communities Safe: Report

The unceasing drumbeat of deadly violence in notoriously rough Ciudad Delgado highlights the failure of the government’s "Plan El Salvador Seguro" to provide quick...