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CentrePiece article
Crime and violence in Latin America and the Caribbean: towards evidence-based policies
Laura Jaitman and Stephen Machin
February 2016
Paper No' CEPCP461:
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CentrePiece 20 (3) Winter 2015/2016

Tags: crime; crime prevention; youth crime; education; policing; latin america; caribbean; government policies

Latin America and the Caribbean account for a third of the world’s homicides but under 10% of the world’s population. What’s more, homicide rates in the region are higher than they should be given countries’ levels of income, poverty and inequality. These are among the facts reported by Laura Jaitman and Stephen Machin in the latest issue of CentrePiece. What can be done to reduce crime in Latin America and the Caribbean from its extraordinarily high levels? The researchers outline evidence that could contribute to crime prevention in the region, as well as the opportunities to start closing gaps in knowledge about which policies are most effective. They conclude that a sound research agenda on citizen security is critical to guide crime prevention policies.