Tag Archives: El Salvador

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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Private security, crime & violence in Latin America

A new report shows that private security is booming in Latin America and that it fuels rising crime and violence more than it enhances public security, according to this article. In El Salvador, 40% of illegal firearms were diverted from … Continue reading

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Nicaragua bucks the trend

This article contrasts Nicaragua with its neighbors in relation to violence and youth gangs. The country has followed a prevention approach rather than the more popular heavy-handed suppression route, resulting in “the smallest police force in Central America, with the … Continue reading

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2017 homicide rates in Latin America

This article summarizes 2017 homicide data for Latin America and the Caribbean. Venezuela had the highest rate, 89 per 100,000 population, with over 20% of killings attributed to security forces. Chile had the lowest rate at 3.3, followed by Ecuador, … Continue reading

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Fear of crime in Central America

Between 1/3 and 1/2 of residents of six Central American countries say that fear of crime, including fear of being murdered, affects their daily lives, according to this article. Crime avoidance behaviors interfere with employment and education opportunities and are … Continue reading

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Best and worst in Latin America

This column from Insight Crime rates police in Latin American countries on public trust and perception of involvement in crime based on data collected in 2012. Police in Chile and Panama rate best, Honduras worst. Nicaragua’s situation is unusual, with … Continue reading

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