Policing Insecurity

Policing Insecurity : Police Reform, Security, and Human Rights in Latin America

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In Latin America profound distrust commonly characterizes not only the relationship between citizens and state institutions, but also social, as well as inter- and intra-state relations. This volume presents case studies on police and criminal justice reforms throughout Latin America that explore this issue, introducing an important dimension to the literature on police reform, security and human rights.show more

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  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 157.48 x 231.14 x 27.94mm | 544.31g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739132288
  • 9780739132289

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Niels Uildriks has produced an outstanding book on human rights and police reform. In fascinating contrast with his recent book on human rights in post-communist societies, this reader assembles a star-studded group of Caribbean and Latin American scholars to address the issue of policing and human rights in selected nations. With globalization spreading, the magnitude of both internal and external terrorism/criminality accelerating, and transnational crime and the accompanying corruption of governments and criminal justice agencies increasing dramatically, the salience of human rights has diminished in many nations. However, this collection of scholars maintains that police-based solutions to these problems will not be realized without consideration of human rights. The book explores in depth a variety of criminal justice reforms and their implications for human rights issues in different cultural, political, and social environments. The contributors and editor not only describe the various environments but also analyze how they affect reform either positively or negatively. It is a must-read for any scholar who is interested in development, human rights, and criminal justice reform. It should be required reading for any policy maker or governmental official contemplating change in these arenas. -- Richard R. Bennett, Professor in the Department of Justice, Law, and Society at American University Latin America's police reforms face a double demand to improve both police integrity and public security. Uildriks and the other authors in this volume find that progress on both fronts has been partial at best, as their analyses draw out both the challenges of reform processes but also important lessons for scholars and practitioners alike. This is a valuable contribution to the growing body of literature examining human rights and security issues in post-authoritarian environments. -- Rachel Neild, Senior Advisor, Open Society Justice Initiative Niels Uildriks has produced an outstanding book on human rights and police reform. In fascinating contrast with his recent book on human rights in post-communist societies, this reader assembles a star-studded group of Caribbean and Latin American scholars to address the issue of policing and human rights in selected nations. With globalization spreading, the magnitude of both internal and external terrorism/criminality accelerating, and transnational crime and the accompanying corruption of governments and criminal justice agencies increasing dramatically, the salience of human rights has diminished in many nations. However, this collection of scholars maintains that police-based solutions to these problems will not be realized without consideration of human rights. The book explores in depth a variety of criminal justice reforms and their implications for human rights issues in different cultural, political, and social environments. The contributors and editor not only describe the various environments but also analyze how they affect reform either positively or negatively. It is a must-read for any scholar who is interested in development, human rights, and criminal justice reform. It should be required reading for any policy maker or governmental official contemplating change in these arenas. -- Richard R. Bennett, Professor in the Department of Justice, Law, and Society at American Universityshow more

About Niels A. Uildriks

Niels Uildriks is a senior researcher and consultant at the Institute for Safety and Security and Crisis Management (COT) in the Hague, the Netherlands.show more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Police Reform, Security, and Human Rights in Latin America: An Introduction Chapter 3 Recent Police Reforms in Latin America Chapter 4 On the Long Road to Demilitarization and Professionalization of the Police in Brazil Chapter 5 Post-War Violence and Police Reform in Guatemala Chapter 6 International Police Assistance in Jamaica under Escalated Violence and Institutionalized Non-Integrity Chapter 7 Police Transformation and International Cooperation: The Jamacian Experience Chapter 8 Police and Judicial Reform in Chile Chapter 9 Police Reform in Argentina: Public Security versus Human Rights Chapter 10 Policing Insecurity and Police Reform in Mexico City and Beyondshow more

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