Osiel Cardena’s lawyer, Juan Jesús Guerrero Chapa, was assassinated in Dallas, Texas on Wednesday afternoon by an armed man after shopping in a local mall. He also defended other drug kingpins such as Gilberto “El June” García Mena, Juan García Ábrego, and his brother Humberto.
Government of Guerrero starts a community policing institutionalization and regulation process (Spanish)February 20, 2013
The government of Guerrero has informed that self-defense groups have released all the detainees who allegedly committed crimes in the area. This event initiates the process of institutionalization and establishment of a regulatory framework for vigilante groups operating in Ayutla, Tecoapana, and part of the highlands.
Según los reportes de incidencia delictiva difundidos por el Sistema Nacional de Seguridad Pública, durante 2012 entre los municipios con el mayor índice delictivo se colocó una delegación del Distrito Federal. En el rubro de “Robo” la delegación Cuauhtémoc tuvo la mayor incidencia del país, mientras que Tampico encabezó el rubro de secuestros, Acapulco el de asesinatos (en promedio por cada 100 mil habitantes); Yautepec, Morelos, posee el mayor promedio de violaciones; Oaxaca es la alcaldía con la media más elevada de lesiones dolosas y Cuautla, también en Morelos, es la que más extorsiones sufrió.
Incluidas por el Consejo Ciudadano para la Seguridad Pública y la Justicia Penal AC en el estudio “La violencia en los municipios de México en 2012″, presentado ayer, las cifras oficiales analizadas se concentraron en las 212 alcaldías del país con más de 100 mil habitantes, y en los que radican dos terceras partes de la población mexicana
Showboating has long been a salient feature of Mexico’s criminal justice system. When major arrests occur, Mexican police and prosecutors often go into hyperdrive to publicize their law enforcement victory. Reporters are fed headline-grabbing stories of derring-do and splashy photos of the criminals standing alongside captured guns, drugs or big stacks of ill-gotten cash.
This is how Mexican authorities convince the public that they’re winning the crime fight, but don’t confuse it with actual law enforcement or prosecutorial follow-through. The reality is abysmal: only 31 percent of drug busts lead to convictions, and 80 percent of murder cases go unpunished, according to official and academic studies.
Animal Politico, 7/16/12
According to government data (Inegi) the PAN may have been punished in states with high levels of crime since they only won one out of eighteen states with high levels of crime. Enrique Peña Nieto took 6 and Andrés Manuel López Obrador won 3 and Josefina Vázquez Mota only won one. Nationally, Peña won 20, AMLO 8 and Vázquez Mota 4.
Pew Research Center, 8/31/11
As the death toll continues to rise in Mexico’s drug war, now claiming more than 35,000 lives since President Felipe Calderón took office in December 2006, fewer than half (45%) of Mexicans say their government is making progress in its campaign against drug cartels; 29% say the government is losing ground and 25% say things are about the same as they have been in the past.
Still, an overwhelming majority (83%) continues to endorse the use of the Mexican army to fight drug traffickers, virtually unchanged in recent years. Moreover, many welcome U.S. help in training Mexican police and military personnel (74%) and providing money and weapons to Mexican police and military forces (64%).
The dance floor at one of several new nightclubs in this border city torn by the drug wars was packed with sharply dressed 20-somethings on a recent Friday night.
Bass beats pumped. Lights strobed. Ice clinked in cocktail glasses. No one seemed to care that the clock had just ticked 1 a.m. in a city so violent its nickname is the “murder capital of the world.”
“That’s because the crime level has gone down here like 75 percent,” shouted Jose Fernandez, his eyes scanning the crowd at Quinto Elemento, a swanky club one mile south of the border with Texas.
“People feel safe, and they’re coming back out like old times,” he said. “We’ve got people coming here from El Paso, Las Cruces and even some from as far away as Albuquerque just for the night life.”
In this research report, Eduardo Guerrero Gutiérrez argues that the state of prison management in Mexico is going through a critical stage, and that along with the country’s judicial system both challenges have become the Achilles’ heel of Mexican public security. There is enormous disparity between the rates of imprisonment that occur in different Mexican states. One would assume that states with a larger presence of organized crime would more often recur to imprisonment tactics, yet research data indicates that rates of imprisonment are dictated by an overall lack of strategy in crime reduction policies. The Federal District, for instance, has an imprisonment rate that is 150% higher than the national mean.
Guaranteeing the survival of any given prisoner implies a large expenditure from the prisoner’s family, which contributes to the perpetration of a vicious circle of poverty and delinquency. It is worth noting that, given the lethargic nature of the penal system, around 43% of the prisoners in the country have not yet received a sentence. Read the rest of this entry »