Law Enforcement

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 06:52
Thirty years ago, an alleged criminal organization called the Black Serpents -- whose existence was never proven -- was used to justify the government’s decision to halt the implementation of a more humane policy in São Paulo’s prisons.
Monday, September 29, 2014 - 10:29
The arbitrary and excessive use of pretrial detention around the world is a massive form of human rights abuse that affects in excess of 14 million people a year.
Friday, September 19, 2014 - 07:13
On September 16, Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez inaugurated the first course to train members of the army reserve to serve as prison guards, reported Proceso Digital.
Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 07:18
Authorities from six Central American countries are working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on important operations to dismantle violent gang - including Mara Salvatrucha, also known as MS-13, and Barrio 18, also known as M-18.
Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 09:20
Guatemala's Prison Service Director Edgar Camargo has been arrested and charged with involvement in a lucrative corruption and extortion scheme.
Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 07:06
Latin America’s prisons are overcrowded, violent and sometimes lack even the most basic services, despite the fact that several of the region’s current leaders themselves spent time behind bars.
Friday, August 29, 2014 - 08:34
Those in solitary confinement, such as the prison’s most famous inmate, drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, are under constant surveillance and receive just one hour of daily caged-in recreational time, according to those familiar with the prison.
Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 06:48
Young people in Nicaragua who migrate to Honduras and El Salvador for work have been influenced by powerful street gangs MS13 and Barrio 18, leading to the development of local groups modeled after these gangs.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 07:26
Brazilian authorities say a deadly two-day prison riot in the southern city of Cascavel has come to an end. Two prison guards who were held hostage have been released, police said.
Monday, August 25, 2014 - 11:13
Police in Brazil say rioters in a jail in the southern city of Cascavel have killed four fellow inmates and injured several others.