April 6, 2008

Security in Paraguay: Analysis and Responses in Comparative Perspective

The perception of rising insecurity has plagued Paraguay over the past decade as the country has continued its transition from authoritarian to democratic rule. At the same time, reforms of the penal code and the code of criminal procedure have been implemented, leading many to attribute the rising sense of insecurity to the new, rights-based approach to criminal justice. This book assesses the disparity between the sensation of insecurity and actual levels of urban crime and further analyzes the impact of political actors and the media in heightening public fear of crime. Drawing on comparative case studies and the latest research on criminal justice policy in Latin America, the book situates Paraguay’s experience in a broader regional context and offers recommendations to guide future policymaking.

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