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NCJ Number: 70014 Find in a Library
Title: Crime Trends and Crime Prevention Strategies in Latin American Countries
Journal: International Review of Criminal Policy  Issue:35  Dated:(1979)  Pages:38-43
Author(s): J A M Castro
Corporate Author: United Nations
Dept of International Economic and Social Affairs
United States of America
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 6
Sponsoring Agency: United Nations
New York, NY 10017
United Nations Publications
New York, NY 10017
Sale Source: United Nations Publications
Room DC2-853, 2 UN Plaza
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United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Political instability and disintegration of the family are main causes of high crime rates in Latin America. A comprehensive criminal policy aimed at early prevention ought to be established.
Abstract: Crime in Latin America is a major problem. Political instability is a cause of widespread terrorism, which should be treated as a common crime. Other large-scale crimes include genocide of indigenous people to seize their land, car theft, organized crime activities such as illegal drug traffic, the white slave trade, and prostitution. The crisis in moral values and disintegration of the family due to urbanization and subtle mass media campaigns promoting consumerism, sensationalism and violence are causes of high rates of violent crimes and crimes against property. A criminal policy in the context of national development plans must be established. To this end the Latin American Institute for the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders has included in its short term goal a pilot project for much needed standardized statistics. In addition, to reform the criminal justice system, better training of personnel and education of the public is needed. Footnotes are included.
Index Term(s): Crime Causes; Crime control policies; Crime prevention measures; Home environment; Moral development; Political influences; Socioeconomic causes of delinquency; South America; Terrorism/Mass Violence; Urbanization
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