InSight Crime

Monday, November 7, 2016 - 08:08
Authorities in Honduras are investigating legal officials who allegedly accepted bribes to wipe clean the records of officers removed from their posts in a police purge, exposing a new layer of corruption in Honduran institutions.
Monday, November 7, 2016 - 08:05
The recent surrender of several gang members in Colombia is raising questions about the application of a legal reform meant to facilitate peace negotiations between the government and politically motivated guerrilla groups.
Monday, November 7, 2016 - 08:01
Aside from near constant talk of building "a wall" along the Mexican border and sporadic mention of Mexico's heroin distribution networks, candidates for the US presidency have paid little attention to how they would deal with organized crime and security issues in Latin America and the Caribbean, so InSight Crime scanned their records and their statements to try to get a better idea.
Monday, November 7, 2016 - 07:59
New details have emerged about the embezzlement and money laundering case against former El Salvador President Elías Antonio Saca, suggesting public and private institutional complicity in the pilfering of public funds.
Friday, November 4, 2016 - 07:01
Peru has reformed its laws pertaining to organized crime in a context of growing public concern about the issue, but it's unclear whether the changes will have a substantial impact on crime groups operating in the country.
Friday, November 4, 2016 - 06:59
Guatemala has extradited to the United States an alleged drug trafficker suspected of being at the center of several developing scandals linked to the administration of President Jimmy Morales and that of his disgraced predecessor, Otto Pérez Molina.
Thursday, November 3, 2016 - 08:03
Official estimates suggest that 11 percent of Colombia's population is allegedly involved in illegal activities, a questionable assertion that nonetheless evidences how deeply crime has infiltrated the country's population.
Thursday, November 3, 2016 - 08:02
A pair of recent reports highlights how Colombia's government decentralization process over the past 30 years has facilitated the incursion of organized crime into local politics, and how this development has generated ongoing problems.
Wednesday, November 2, 2016 - 07:18
More than $2 million were reportedly diverted from Mexico's 2014 federal penitentiary budget by officials who used the money to acquire luxurious vehicles and flights, highlighting how corruption contributes to the problems in Mexico's prison system.
Wednesday, November 2, 2016 - 07:17
An average of nine people were killed per day at the hands of Brazil's notoriously violent police force in 2015, an increase from last year despite a nationwide drop in murder rates. Brazil's police have long held the ill-gotten reputation of being among the most brutal institutions of its kind in the world.

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