4/11/2017 InSight Crime
A new report from a leading think tank provides a snapshot of Mexico’s security struggles, exploring the long-term trends and immediate causes of 2016’s surge in bloodshed.
The report, titled “Drug Violence in Mexico: Data and Analysis Through 2016,” is the latest in a series of annual publications from the Justice in Mexico Project, which operates out of the University of San Diego’s department of political science and international relations.
The authors — professors Kimberly Heinle, Octavio Rodríguez Ferreira, and David A. Shirk — note early in the report that 2016 brought a substantial increase in the number of overall murders and murders related to organized crime.
Relying on statistics from the National Public Security System (SNSP), they tallied 22,932 total killings in 2016, an increase of approximately 20 percent from the 18,650 recorded in 2015. The 2015 total was also a slight increase from 2014, meaning that last year marked not only a decisive end to the increased tranquility of the early Peña Nieto years, but also a deepening spiral of violence.