Latin American Crime and Drug Policy Research

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Crime rates in Latin American have increased since the 1980s and are now among the highest in the world. According to the World Health Organization, Latin America is the region with the highest homicide rates — drug trafficking and resulting drug feuds being a serious problem in countries such as Brazil, Colombia, and Mexico. In fact, according to the Latinobarometro survey, crime is considered by Latin Americans as one of the most important problems of their societies.

Researchers at the Center for Latin American Social Policy have been studying some of the most important crime-related topics in the context of Latin America.

  • What are the determinants and effects of crime in Latin America?
  • What are the most effective policies to combat crime and reduce violence?
  • How can governments fight police corruption?
  • How can the judicial system be reformed to be more effective in fighting crime?

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