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Policing Democracy: Overcoming Obstacles to Citizen Security Reform in Latin America

In his new book, Mark Ungar reviews the full spectrum of areas needing change: criminal law, policing, investigation, trial practice, and incarceration.

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May. 2, 2011
3:00pm – 4:30pm

Policing Democracy: Overcoming Obstacles to Citizen Security Reform in Latin America

Mark Ungar, Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York; Adriana Mejía-Hernández, Organization of American States

Latin America's crime rates are astonishing by any standard—the region's homicide rate is the world's highest. This crisis continually traps governments between the need for comprehensive reform and the public demand for immediate action, usually meaning iron-fisted police tactics harking back to the repressive pre-1980s dictatorships.

In his new book Policing Overcoming Obstacles to Citizen Security Reform in Latin America, Mark Ungar reviews the full spectrum of areas needing change: criminal law, policing, investigation, trial practices, and incarceration. This event provides an opportunity to examine: How do these challenges fit in the broader context of democratic politics, power relations, and regional disparities of violence and security policy? How can we understand Latin America's crime crisis and move forward?


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Latin American Program

The Wilson Center’s prestigious Latin American Program provides non-partisan expertise to a broad community of decision makers in the United States and Latin America on critical policy issues facing the Hemisphere. The Program provides insightful and actionable research for policymakers, private sector leaders, journalists, and public intellectuals in the United States and Latin America. To bridge the gap between scholarship and policy action, it fosters new inquiry, sponsors high-level public and private meetings among multiple stakeholders, and explores policy options to improve outcomes for citizens throughout the Americas. Drawing on the Wilson Center’s strength as the nation’s key non-partisan forum, the Program serves as a trusted source of analysis and a vital point of contact between the worlds of scholarship and action.  Read more

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