Despite doubling of staff, Costa Rica’s judicial branch resolves far fewer cases than in 2000
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Despite doubling of staff, Costa Rica’s judicial branch resolves far fewer cases than in 2000

L. Arias - April 23, 2015

The number of cases resolved by Costa Rican courts has declined precipitously over the past 13 years despite a doubling of judicial staff over the same time period, according to…

Costa Rica saw ‘important increase in violence,’ says OIJ director
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Costa Rica saw ‘important increase in violence,’ says OIJ director

Zach Dyer - February 17, 2015

Last year was a rough one for Costa Rica when it came to crime. No where was this more clear than the dramatic increases in homicides and…

Red Cross concerned about number of violent deaths in first few weeks of January
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Red Cross concerned about number of violent deaths in first few weeks of January

L. Arias - January 22, 2015

Costa Rica’s Red Cross reported that 79 people died by accidents and other violent causes in the first 19 days of this month. That exceeds by 27…

Traffic Police to launch roadway checkpoints during pre-holiday season
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Traffic Police to launch roadway checkpoints during pre-holiday season

L. Arias - November 27, 2014

A total of 386 checkpoints throughout the country are part of a Traffic Police effort to prevent accidents before and during the holidays. Traffic Police Director Mario Calderón said that…

Desamparados residents plead for help as the San José canton turns into a gang war zone
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Desamparados residents plead for help as the San José canton turns into a gang war zone

L. Arias - November 26, 2014

The number of homicides in the canton of Desamparados, located south of Costa Rica's capital, has doubled in the past year, according to a report released Monday by…

Red Cross warns of increase in violent deaths last month
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Red Cross warns of increase in violent deaths last month

L. Arias - September 3, 2014

According to the Costa Rican Red Cross, August was the most violent month so far this year, with 102 deaths in "tragic circumstances," a term the agency uses in statistics to…

Police arrest Costa Rican man transporting 14 undocumented immigrants
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Police arrest Costa Rican man transporting 14 undocumented immigrants

L. Arias - May 19, 2014

Public Security Ministry officers arrested on Saturday a Costa Rican man with the last names Ortega Villegas, who was transporting 14 undocumented Nicaraguans inside a truck. The…

In Rio, increasing lawlessness ahead of World Cup
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Brazil 2014
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In Rio, increasing lawlessness ahead of World Cup

David Biller | Bloomberg - May 4, 2014

RIO DE JANEIRO — The two boys had knives. So Carlos Guzmán handed over his wedding ring, iPhone and wallet. What really galled him was that the…

30 percent of murders in the world happen in Latin America and the Caribbean
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30 percent of murders in the world happen in Latin America and the Caribbean

Corey Kane - March 6, 2014

Despite having only 9 percent of the world’s population, Latin America and the Caribbean register more than 30 percent of the world’s homicides, according to a security…

New crime index ranks Costa Rica’s most dangerous cantons, but data are from 2011
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New crime index ranks Costa Rica’s most dangerous cantons, but data are from 2011

L. Arias - February 21, 2014

The central cantons of Limón and San José top the country’s cantonal crime index, according to the latest report released this week by the Peace Vice Ministry…