InSight Crime

Wednesday, June 1, 2016 - 06:33
A massive security operation in Bogotá's nefarious Bronx neighborhood reveals how powerful microtrafficking gangs in the city have become -- and the Colombian government's lack of a long-term plan for restoring order to urban enclaves dominated by criminal groups.
Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - 06:27
Citizens in El Salvador are doubtful that the government's tough anti-gang measures will have any impact, further indication that the public has little faith in the authorities to pull the country out of a seemingly intractable security crisis.
Friday, May 27, 2016 - 06:19
US consumption of heroin has increased significantly in the last few years. The reasons for this are complex but have to do with the increase of prescription drugs in the United States, a rise in prices of these prescription drugs and their black market counterparts, and the subsequent safeguards on this prescription medicine market, specifically OxyContin.
Thursday, May 26, 2016 - 04:40
Mexico's proposal to use GPS tracking to prevent torture by security officials is another example of unnecessarily elaborate fixes to simple but intractable problems. If it becomes law, arresting officers will be required to activate a GPS device the moment a subject is apprehended. The device would send real-time updates on the suspect's location to a National Public Security System information center.
Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 06:32
The Miguel Agustín Pro Juárez Human Rights Centre writes: The criminalization of the sale and consumption of certain substances, under the model known internationally as ‘the war on drugs’, has been increasingly criticized in a variety of global forums due to its evident failure as a strategy to end the use and abuse of prohibited substances, as well as its impact in filling prisons with people accused of non-violent crimes.
Monday, May 23, 2016 - 10:39
Two judges in Mexico have ruled that there is nothing stopping the extradition of Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzman to the United States, and following the first of those rulings Guzman was transferred on May 7 to a prison in Ciudad Juarez near the Texas border.
Monday, May 23, 2016 - 06:55
Argentina approved the extradition of top Colombian drug lord "Mi Sangre" to the United States, creating speculation as to what information he may offer US drug officials and why he is not first being sent to his home country of Colombia
Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 06:43
El Salvador has extended a state of emergency in seven prisons for one year, subjecting inmates to heightened security restrictions as officials look to disrupt gangs' use of prisons as centers of operations.
Friday, May 6, 2016 - 06:40
The United States has reiterated its disapproval of militarizing citizen security in Central America's Northern Triangle countries, a somewhat problematic stance given critical violence levels and weak police institutions in the region.
Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 06:48
Data compiled by a Mexican civil society group confirms a disturbing trend noted in Mexico in recent months -- violence is not only rising sharply it is also spreading to regions not previously considered organized crime hotspots.