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Sustaining police reform

This article draws on experiences from Argentina, Brazil, and Colombia to identify challenges to sustaining police reform. Often, police resistance combined with “get tough” politics undermines reform, especially when activists can’t sustain their influence and public support following initial successes.

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Department of Bribery

The Brazilian company Odebrecht had a “Department of Bribery” that paid almost $800 million in bribes over a 15-year period in order to win at least $3.5 billion worth of contracts in 12 countries in South America, Central America, and … Continue reading

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Why is there so much crime in Latin America?

This short blog post addresses the question, “Why is there so much crime in Latin America?” The region has enjoyed economic and social improvements over the last decade, but also increases in crime and violence.

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Police use WhatsApp in Argentina

According to this article, police in several communities have begun¬†encouraging citizens to use¬†WhatsApp to report suspicious activity, resulting in “100 crime-free days.” While the claim is dubious, the social media app is very popular in Latin America and may serve … Continue reading

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Torture cases in Argentina

According to this article, over 1,000 torture allegations were made against police and detention officers in 2014 in the province of Buenos Aires, which is separate from the city. Most cases were reported to the Public Defender’s Office, suggesting that … Continue reading

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Argentina: Police strikes, looting

News reports in December indicated significant looting and some fatalities in Argentina in conjunction with police strikes. Police in several provinces had already settled after getting wage increases, and Buenos Aires averted a strike by doubling police wages, but 10 … Continue reading

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