Justice in Mexico releases 2016 “Justice Barometer” survey

Year 2016

On November 14, 2016, Justice in Mexico, a research and public policy program based at the University of San Diego, will release its latest report in the Justiciabarómetro series, Justiciabarómetro 2016 - Perspectives on Mexico’s Criminal Justice System: What do its operators think?, thanks to the generous funding of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

Publication's information:
Author(s): Nancy Cortés, Octavio Rodríguez Ferreira, and David A. Shirk
Publisher(s): Justice in Mexico. University of San Diego.
Issue: November, 2016
Pages: 56
File size: 645.35k
File Type: Application/pdf

“Drug Violence in Mexico: Data and Analysis Through 2015” special report

Year 2016

On Friday, April 29, 2016, Justice in Mexico, a research and public policy program based at the University of San Diego, released its 2016 special report entitled, "Drug Violence in Mexico: Data and Analysis Through 2015." Drug Violence in Mexico (2016 Special Report) Thanks to the generous funding of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, this is the project’s seventh annual study on organized crime and violence in Mexico. As in previous years, this report compiles the latest available data and analysis to evaluate trends related to drug trafficking and organized crime in Mexico. This year’s report builds on past findings and seeks to provide new insights into Mexico’s recent security situation. The authors draw on the latest available data from...

Publication's information:
Author(s): Kimberly Heinle, Octavio Rodríguez Ferreira, and David A. Shirk
Publisher(s): Justice in Mexico. University of San Diego.
Issue: April, 2016
Pages: 58
File size: 18.59M
File Type: Application/pdf

Criminal Procedure Reform in Mexico, 2008-2016

Year 2015

On October 8, 2015, Justice in Mexico launched a new report that provides a deep analysis of the current process of judicial reform in Mexico. The Criminal Procedure Reform in Mexico 2008-2016, by authors Octavio Rodríguez Ferreira and David A. Shirk, analyzes the process of implementing judicial reform in Mexico as well as the impacts of the reform on the federal and state level, as well as some of the past, present and future challenges to implementation efforts. Overall, the authors find that despite obstacles to the reform’s implementation, significant progress has been made and will continue in the years to come. In 2008 the Mexican Congress approved an eight-year process to improve the criminal justice system, in a reform known as the New Criminal Justice System (Nuevo...

Publication's information:
Author(s): Octavio Rodríguez Ferreira and David A. Shirk
Publisher(s): Justice in Mexico. University of San Diego
Issue: October, 2015
Pages: 51
File size: 1.98M
File Type: Application/pdf

Drug Violence in Mexico (2015 Special Report)

Year 2015

On Wednesday, April 28, 2015, Justice in Mexico, a research and public policy program based at the University of San Diego, released its 2015 report entitled “Drug Violence in Mexico (2015 Special Report)”. Drug Violence in Mexico (2015 Special Report) Thanks to the generous funding of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, this is the project’s sixth annual study on organized crime and violence in Mexico. As in previous years, this report compiles the latest available data and analysis to evaluate trends related to drug trafficking and organized crime in Mexico. This year’s report builds on past findings and seeks to provide new insights into Mexico’s recent security situation. The authors draw on the latest available data from multiple...

Publication's information:
Author(s): Kimberly Heinle, Cory Molzahn, and David A. Shirk
Publisher(s): Justice in Mexico. University of San Diego
Issue: April 2015
Pages: 49
File size: 2.82M
File Type: Application/pdf

Justice in Mexico presents results of new study of Tijuana police

Year 2015

On March 12, 2015 Justice in Mexico presented the results of its latest Justiciabarómetro survey, titled: Diagnóstico integral de la policía municipal de Tijuana (in Spanish), developed in collaboration with the Institute for Security and Democracy (Instituto para la Seguridad y Democracia, INSYDE), the Law School of the Autonomous University of Baja California (Universidad Autónoma de Baja California, UABC) in Mexicali, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the University of Guadalajara (Universidad de Guadalajara, UdeG). The Tijuana survey builds on the findings of two similar studies conducted in Guadalajara in 2009 and Ciudad Juárez in 2011, and was implemented for Justice in Mexico by the polling firm Data Opinión Pública y Mercados (DATA-OPM) form...

Publication's information:
Author(s): Maria Eugenia Suárez de Garay, Octavio Rodríguez Ferreira and David A. Shirk
Publisher(s): Justice in Mexico. University of San Diego.
Issue: March, 2015
Pages: 38
File size: 40.56M
File Type: Application/pdf

Detention Without Charge now available!

Year 2015

Justice in Mexico is pleased to announce the publication of Detention Without Charge, a special report provides a detailed assessment of the use of arraigo as a prosecutorial mechanism in Mexico, as national and international organizations have increasingly questioned the practice. Evidence collected for this report suggests that detention without charge is a poor substitute for due process protections that help to ensure the integrity and legitimacy of police and prosecutorial investigations. Arraigo, is a form of preventive detention that allows for imprisonment without formal charges for up to 80 days. This investigative tool is presently authorized under Article 16 of the Mexican Constitution as amended in the 2008 reforms that underpin Mexico’s ongoing transition to...

Publication's information:
Author(s): Janice Deaton and Octavio Rodríguez Ferreira
Publisher(s): Justice in Mexico. University of San Diego.
Issue: January, 2015
Pages: 48
File size: 4.86M
File Type: Application/pdf

Drug Violence in Mexico: Data and Analysis Through 2013 

Year 2014

Kimberly Heinle, Octavio Rodríguez Ferreira, and David A. Shirk. Apr. 2014 This year’s study builds on past findings and seeks to provide new insights into Mexico’s recent security situation. The authors draw on the latest available data from multiple sources, with a primary emphasis on the first year in office for Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto (2012-2018). 2014_DVM

Publication's information:
Author(s): Kimberly Heinle, Octavio Rodríguez Ferreira, and David A. Shirk
Publisher(s): Justice in Mexico. University of San Diego.
Issue: April, 2014
Pages: 60
File size: 13.33M
File Type: Application/pdf

The Way of the Gun: Estimating Firearms Traffic Across the U.S.-Mexico Border 

Year 2013

Topher McDougal, David A. Shirk, Robert Muggah, and John Patterson March 2013 "The Way of the Gun" is a co-authored report that uses a unique econometric approach to estimate the demand for firearms in Mexico by examining the distribution of retail gun distributors throughout the United States. Based on the heavy concentration of gun dealers along the border, the authors are able to estimate a total demand for trafficking across the border, both in terms of firearms and dollar sales for the firearms industry. 2013_WayoftheGun

Publication's information:
Author(s): Topher McDougal, David A. Shirk, Robert Muggah, and John Patterson
Publisher(s): Justice in Mexico. University of San Diego.
Issue: March, 2013
Pages: 31
File size: 1.58M
File Type: Application/pdf

Drug Violence in Mexico: Data and Analysis Through 2012 

Year 2013

Cory Molzahn, Octavio Rodríguez Ferreira and David A. Shirk February 2013 This is the fourth of a series of reports that the Justice in Mexico Project has put together each year to compile the latest available data and analysis to evaluate these challenges. These reports have been especially intended to inform a U.S. audience, since news media coverage of Mexico in the United States tends to be fleeting and gravitates toward sporadic, sensationalistic incidents, rather than broader and longer term trends. 2013_DVM

Publication's information:
Author(s): Cory Molzahn, Octavio Rodríguez Ferreira and David A. Shirk
Publisher(s): Justice in Mexico. University of San Diego.
Issue: February, 2013
Pages: 50
File size: 6.99M
File Type: Application/pdf

Armed With Impunity: Curbing Military Human Rights Abuses in Mexico

Year 2012

Catherine Daly, Kimberly Heinle, and David A. Shirk  July 2012 The Mexican military has played a constantly expanding role in efforts to combat drug trafficking organizations, and to provide domestic security more generally. But the massive deployment of troops increased civilian exposure and vulnerability to abuses by military personnel. This report examines Mexico's current security context, presents original data and analysis on military human abuses, and discusses possible remedies to protect against such abuses in the future. 2012_ARMEDWITHIMPUNITY

Publication's information:
Author(s): Catherine Daly, Kimberly Heinle, and David A. Shirk
Publisher(s): Justice in Mexico. University of San Diego.
Issue: July, 2012
Pages: 54
File size: 6.64M
File Type: Application/pdf