Crime and Violence

Crashing State

The recent massacre of 17 teenagers in the Center for Rehabilitation, in Juarez, is not only being viewed as an indicator of an unstable State but as the dispersion, divergence and even contradiction among the orders of government before widespread insecurity, as in Chihuahua.

The Center for Investigation and Development placed Chihuahua first in executions (ejecuciones). According to the Center, if it were a country, the number of ejecuciones would only follow El Salvador, South Africa and Venezuela, quadrupling the national average. In another report, the Civic Council for Public Security and Penal Justice indicated that in 2008, Juárez had a rate of 130 deceitful homicides per 100 thousand people. It is calculated, however, that the numbers will close with 2 thousand 293 homicides, to arrive at 159 per 100 thousand.

According to La Jornada, while the number of executions, abductions, and terrorist acts continues to rise, there doesn’t seem to be the slightest trace of agreements amongst the orders of government. The lack of clarity in the strategies of the government against the crime; the characterization of the enemy, or of the enemies, of their alliances and differences, has enlarged the direct and indirect costs the citizens are paying resulting from crime and ineffective law enforcement. Events such as the death of the 17 teens, which present themselves without anyone being able to stop them, serve as a reminder of the instability faced.


Quintana S., Víctor M. “Estallido estatal.” La Jornada. September 4, 2009.

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