If incoming Mexican president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador wants to undo his nation’s culture of violence, he needs to focus his resources on the large numbers of young people without jobs or prospects around the country, according to a leading expert on Latin America.
Six months after taking office, Philadelphia’s controversial DA says incarceration levels have dropped as a result of his reforms, with no increase in most categories of violent crime. But he argues that further reductions require changes in the way the justice system deals with individuals convicted of violent offenses.
Researchers at Kansas State University say that adherence to an “honor culture” is a predictor of violent male behavior in many parts of the US—but such behavior isn’t admired by peers if the violence is unprovoked.
Missouri’s rate of black homicide victimization in 2015, the latest year available, is nearly two and a half times the national rate, says the Violence Policy Center. Missouri was followed in the list by Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Alaska, and Nebraska.
Law enforcement experts are mystified by the passive tactics employed by police in the Virginia city during the Aug. 12 showdown between white nationalists and counterprotesters. “Every city should be looking at what happened to learn a lesson,” said Charlottesville’s former top cop.
In his inaugural address in January, President Trump vowed that “American carnage stops right here and stops right now.” But gun deaths and firearms injuries have increased so far in 2017, according to tallies by the nonprofit Gun Violence Archive.
The report, by Danielle Sered of the advocacy group Common Justice, suggests a “new vision” that includes policies and practices that are survivor-centered, based on accountability, safety-driven, and racially equitable.