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?