Law Enforcement

Tuesday, February 3, 2015 - 07:30
In Latin America’s prisons, notorious for extreme overcrowding and violence, inmates live in constant danger of being killed – a contradiction in a region where virtually every country has abolished the death penalty.
Monday, February 2, 2015 - 07:19
Ms. Hurtado is facing charges of illegally spying on political opponents of the former Colombian President, Alvaro Uribe. She fled Colombia in 2010 after the allegations were made public and was granted asylum in neighboring Panama.
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 06:17
Azerbaijan currently holds a dubious distinction of holding almost double the number of political prisoners than those held in Belarus and Russia combined. The Azerbaijani government’s use of criminal prosecution as a tool for political retaliation against its critics is a well-documented problem.
Friday, January 16, 2015 - 09:14

In highly and extremely fragile countries such as Chad, Nigeria and Yemen, U.S. security assistance may have little to no effect on reducing fragility in these countries, according to a RAND Corporation study from late last year.  The report, which is titled “Assessing U.S. Security Cooperation as Preventative Tool,” will likely spark renewed discussion and debate about the proper use of U.S. foreign security aid in volatile countries as well as about the specific types of military and police aid given.

Thursday, January 8, 2015 - 07:21
Tunisia is concerned about the effects of smuggling on the country's economy and security.
Monday, December 15, 2014 - 06:03
Burkina Faso and especially Compaoré were often presented by external partners as pillars of stability in West Africa. The effects of Compaoré’s downfall are already being felt in West Africa
Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 06:36
On a recent visit to the future site of Olympic Park, President Dilma Rousseff promised the 2016 Summer Games in Rio would be “the Olympics of all Olympics,” echoing a refrain she used during the chaotic lead-up to the World Cup.
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 07:04
Honduras is taking aggressive steps to reform its prison system, building two modern mega-prisons and pardoning petty criminals who have already served half their sentence. But with no accompanying judicial reforms, will there be any impact in Latin America's most violent nation?
Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 06:35
In Latin America’s latest challenge to Washington’s “war on drugs,” Ecuador has quietly begun releasing thousands of convicted cocaine smugglers.
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 - 06:55
Elections for São Paulo's state government are in November, but the candidates for governor have ignored a key issue: prison overcrowding. On average, São Paulo's prisons operate with 70 percent more inmates than the system can support.