A Mexican university presented a study to its Senate last week indicating that their own country, along with Colombia, had some of the highest rates of criminal impunity in the world.
The study, the Global Impunity Index (PDF), by the University of the Americas in Puebla, looked at criminals avoiding punishment in 59 different countries, ranking the home country of escaped cartel kingpin Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán and Colombia behind only the Phillipines.
Overall the study included 15 countries from Latin America and the Caribbean, and all of those countries ranked in the worse half for impunity.
Costa Rica, at 28, had the lowest impunity ranking in the region.
Originally published in April, the study combined factors such as police per capita, prison capacity, judges per capita and human rights records to award an overall score to each country included. The list only ranked countries where such data was available, excluding countries in Africa, South Asia and many notable countries in Latin America such as Brazil.