Organized Crime Loopholes Water Down Mexico Justice Reform

06/18/16 InSight Crime 

imagesMexico is currently in the process of implementing historic changes to its criminal justice system, but the planned reforms include due process exceptions in organized crime cases that could undermine the initiative’s intent.

The exceptions, outlined in a new report (pdf) from the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA), provide for the use of a controversial measure known as “arraigo,” which means “hold” and is a form of pretrial that allows suspects in organized crime cases to be held without formal charges for up to 80 days.

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