Policing Democracy : Overcoming Obstacles to Citizen Security in Latin America (Hardcover)

Author: Ungar, Mark

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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 "Policing Democracy," Mark Ungar situates Latin America at a crossroads between its longstanding form of reactive policing and a problem-oriented approach based on prevention and citizen participation. Drawing on extensive case studies from Argentina, Bolivia, and Honduras, he reviews the full spectrum of areas needing reform: criminal law, policing, investigation, trial practices, and incarceration.

Finally, "Policing Democracy" probes democratic politics, power relations, and regional disparities of security and reform to establish a framework for understanding the crisis and moving beyond it.

Specifications

Publisher Johns Hopkins Univ Pr
Mfg Part# 9780801898020
SKU 215867590
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0801898021
Release Date 4/1/2011
Physical
Dimensions (in Inches) 9H x 6L x 1T
From the Publisher
Editors Note 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 Policing Democracy, Mark Ungar situates Latin America at a crossroads between its long-standing form of reactive policing and a problem-oriented approach based on prevention and citizen participation. Drawing on extensive case studies from Argentina, Bolivia, and Honduras, he reviews the full spectrum of areas needing reform: criminal law, policing, investigation, trial practices, and incarceration. Finally, Policing Democracy probes democratic politics, power relations, and regional disparities of security and reform to establish a framework for understanding the crisis and moving beyond it.
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Book Format Hardcover
Minimum Age 18
Number of Pages 0416
Publisher Johns Hopkins University Press
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