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Crime and violence are a serious problem in Latin America. Brazil, for example, had 61,000 homicides in 2016 , a frequency nearing that of countries in conflict. Places where crime is prevented one way or the other are those where catching an offender is easier. The control function begins with an arrest by the police, but is subsequently the domain of the judicial branch, which must investigate and prosecute offenders. According to a 2017 Global Impunity Index , the capacity of the judiciary to deliver sanctions is in a critical condition in Latin America. The organization of the judiciary and the specific processes involved in investigation and prosecution matter a lot for the system’... Full story

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