Crime and Violence

Analysts Say Criminals Younger, More Ruthless

According to criminologists interviewed by El Universal, crime in Mexico is being committed by a younger and increasingly crueler generation of criminals. This trend is the result of social tensions, impunity, substance abuse and a lack of educational and employment opportunities. Today’s criminal is characterized by a lack of empathy for their victims or feelings of responsibility or regret for their actions. UNAM sociologist Arturo Santos notes that crime and impunity encourage violence, since the lack of sanctions leads to the creation of professional criminals. This article also quotes Justice in Mexico project collaborator Mario Arroyo.


Liliana Alcántara, “Más jóvenes y crueles, el nuevo perfil delincuencial.” El Universal. September 27, 2009.

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