Homicide Reduction

Curbing Homicides: What Works/What Doesn’t

Which policies have been effective in reducing homicides? A study guide for Latin America’s newly elected leaders.
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This article is adapted from AQ’s latest issue on reducing homicide in Latin America. 

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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. 

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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


Brendan O'Boyle is a senior editor at Americas Quarterly, where he writes about Latin American politics, produces the Americas Quarterly Podcast, and manages the publication’s social media presence. Brendan has been featured as an expert on Latin American issues in various outlets, including The Washington PostTelevisa and El País.  
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