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Digital Innovation for a Crime Control Strategy in Mexico City


Crime, violence, and a weak rule of law are among Mexico’s most pressing issues. In 2018, the country was ranked 99 out of 102 countries in terms of Order and Security in the World Justice Project Rule of Law Index (WJP 2019). Mexico City is not the exception, where crimes have increased by 58% in […]

Scotland Takes Domestic Abuse Seriously – And We Should Too


BY MARYROSE MAZZOLA “Two police officers, a court advocate, and a social worker walk into a room,” might sound like the beginning of a bad joke, but in Edinburgh, Scotland, it’s a new policy norm. This is what’s known as a MARAC (Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Committee) meeting. Here, up to a dozen domestic abuse service […]

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Crime Square: How Advances in Criminal Justice Policy Can Improve Public Safety in New York City


BY ISAAC LARA During the 1970s and 1980s, Times Square was not the tourist mecca that it is today. The now-glitzy area in Midtown’s theatre district had fallen into disrepair from decades of government negligence, with drug addicts and prostitutes prowling the streets. The few legal businesses that existed were mostly low-rent strip clubs and […]

Successful Innovations in Juvenile Justice are Lifting Up Instead of Locking Down


BY HAYLING PRICE Last fall, I had the opportunity to invite a hero to Harvard’s Center for Public Leadership (CPL). While CPL often features celebrities, dignitaries, and heads of state, resident students rarely hear from community-based practitioners grappling with the poverty we tend to engage with in the abstract. Steve Gates has spent years leading […]

States that React and Criminals that Innovate


Juan Carlos Garzón Vergara is a consultant for the United Nations Development Programme. Previously, he was a specialist at the Organization of American States. His latest book, Mafia & Co: Criminal networks in Mexico, Brazil and Colombia, was recently published by Editorial Planeta and translated into English by the Woodrow Wilson Center.   “I urge […]

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