This article is adapted from AQ’s latest issue on reducing homicide in Latin America.
As new presidents take charge throughout Latin America in 2018, they will be looking for effective policies to reduce homicide. Here is a list of options, compiled by AQ in consultation with security experts around the region. Many clearly do work. Others may have positive effects on society, but their impact on the murder rate is still unclear. One has obviously failed. Overall, it’s clear that years of experimentation and research have provided a clear picture of what governments should – and should not – do.
Due to a technical error, a previous version stated that gun homicides fell 100 percent in the year after Brazil’s disarmament statue. The decline was 11 percent.
O’Boyle is a senior editor for AQ