Tag Archives: Brazil

Violence up in Rio, down in Sao Paulo

This article contrasts the experiences of Brazil’s two best-known states over the last 20 years. Rio de Janeiro’s homicide rate has gone up and down, whereas Sao Paulo has enjoyed a long-term decline. Experts credit Sao Paulo with sustained investments … Continue reading

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More dark net seizures

This article reports the closure of DeepDotWeb, a “central node” search and marketing site on the dark net “that helped buyers of illicit goods like drugs and counterfeit items find what they wanted for a commission.” Two Israeli citizens were … Continue reading

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Koban for Brazil

Brazilian police are officially adopting the koban “police box” system that serves as the centerpiece of Japanese policing, according to this article. Koban are small police stations, usually located in areas with heavy foot traffic, where people can ask directions, … Continue reading

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License to kill in Rio

After Rio de Janeiro logged over 5,000 homicides in 2017, Brazil’s president put the military in charge of security. Now, as reported here, the newly-elected governor, who “cruised to victory in October promising a brutal crackdown on criminals” has announced … Continue reading

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More on drug trafficking to EU

This article provides additional details on the recent EU police operation targeting mafia-run cocaine trafficking from Latin America to Europe. On the smuggling side, several different mafia clans allegedly worked together to deliver tons of cocaine across the Atlantic. On … Continue reading

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Policing in Latin America

This new report summarizes the state of policing throughout Latin America and considers prospects for transformation over the next decade. It cites demilitarization as the main accomplishment so far, but reform overall has been weak — “The┬áresult is a police … Continue reading

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Global gun deaths

This article summarizes a study of global gun deaths recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. World-wide, gun deaths average about 250,000 per year — 64% homicide, 27% suicide, 9% accident. The global average rate, 4 per … Continue reading

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