Rebecca Hanson

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 07:07
Senators in Mexico have proposed an initiative to create a law granting amnesty to imprisoned vigilantes including vigilante leader Jose Manuel Mireles, but the conditions for amnesty suggest the proposal is politically motivated.
Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 08:45
Everyone seems to agree that the relationship between the police and the collectives remains contentious and antagonistic
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 00:00
One student answered that because the protestors were “armed and violent” they had to be confronted by a force that could use coercion; and since “the police’s use of force is highly regulated,” this task falls to the National Guard.
Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 00:00
Many remain unconvinced that the opposition cares about and will look out for their interests. This desconfianza applies to the protests affiliated with the opposition.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - 00:00
Taking into account where protests are not occurring, and why, is important in understanding what they represent for residents who do not live in the zones where protests have erupted.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 00:00
The elections, as well as Rodriquez Torres’ presence at the inauguration, suggest that citizen participation in security will not be totally abandoned.
Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - 00:00
Despite the National Guard’s reputation for being heavily armed but lightly trained, and the excessive use of force this frequently leads to, people clearly prefer them over the police.
Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 00:00
While average Venezuelans do not seem to think police corruption or inefficiency are major causes of crime, they do seem to believe that a professional police force and improved judicial and penal system could reduce crime.
Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 00:00
Most people do not consider Venezuela's crime problem to be the fault of the President. Neither do they see it primarily as the result of ineffective policing.
Friday, August 9, 2013 - 00:00
While the opposition's criticism has tended to focus on the government's lack of political will in implementing the law, others worry that the law does not "fit into" the current Venezuelan context.