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Crime and Security

Haitian national police confirmed on Monday that nearly three dozen detainees escaped from a prison in the provincial city of Saint-Marc, 100 km (60 miles) north of Port-au-Prince.

Demonstrations in Mexico intensified on Tuesday as protesters in Guerrero state took a police chief prisoner and set fire to the ruling Partido Revolucionario Institucional (Institutional Revolutionary Party—PRI) state headquarters in two separate protests related to the disappearance of 43 students missing since September.

Brazil’s policy toward its favelas has become increasingly militarized. 

In Argentina, like elsewhere in Latin America, fear of crime is a way of life.

Across Latin America, military-led anticrime strategies are losing ground to newer concepts such as community policing.
Decriminalization or depenalization will do nothing to halt drug-related violence.
How armed housewives in the hills of Mexico are fighting back against narcotraffickers—without the state.

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro met with regional leaders on Wednesday, including one of his staunchest opponents, Henrique Capriles, following the assassination of former Miss Venezuela Mónica Spear and her ex-husband, and the shooting of their five-year-old daughter.

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