Area of Focus

The anticrime plan explores eight areas of study to formulate recommendations of public policy addressing criminality.  It is pertinent to observe that the Bureau of Anticrime Policy additionally provides appropriate support to implement the recommendations that are formulated within the project. The areas of intervention are described as follows:

1. -The ecology of the crime (urban growth and its development; urban design, urban poverty and marginal zones; the diverse urban geographic sectors and the differences between these sectors with respect to the criminal index; the administration of safety mechanisms in the urban milieu, their respective institutional measures against criminality and the examination of the existing governmental structures designed to support the population of indigents or economic and social victims at the level of the community).

2. -The connection between the drugs and the crime (drug use and antisocial activities; the effects of drugs upon the human conduct; public policy measures to control the problems of trafficking and drug consumption; organized crime within the local and international contexts affecting the Latin American country that implements the project; drug education addressed to the population and governmental assistance for those who confront the chronic problem of addiction).

3. -The security system of any country in Latin America (patterns of police activity in the urban atmosphere; alternative models of police procedures; organizational policy of the police apparatus and the strategies of citizen security destined to combat urban and rural crime; examination of programs that connect police and community; revision of existing training schemes of policing, technology and operational equipment).

4. -The socioeconomic, political, and cultural factors (unemployment, poverty, economic recession, inflation, current local public policy with respect to the economic realm, cultural dynamics increasing criminality and approaches to diminish the impact of socioeconomic and political variables responsible for the periodic fluctuations of the criminal index; the effect of global economic crisis accelerating the criminal phenomenon of criminality at the local level and the exploration of immediate, short and long-term strategies to reduce the impact of these variables in connection to criminality).

5. -The penal system (imposition of penalties to criminals; existing criterion to exercise the punitive approach; penal policy oriented to the reduction of antisocial conduct and therefore, the criminal index; the examination of the architectonic design of penal systems and the internal security of prisoners within total institutions).

6. -Criminal violence (murder, kidnappings, executions, professional assassinations {killings for hire}, robberies and holdups with violence, rape and intra-family violence, explorations of causes and possible solutions pertaining to these occurrences as social problems connected to socioeconomic, political and cultural variables).

7. - Miscellaneous measures connected to the crime problem (Specific and general strategies against criminal actions. This includes the identification, examination and formulation of strategies to frontally attack criminal activities that are more prevalent in a certain locality or urban setting in comparison to other criminal acts that occur with less frequency).

8. -Promotion of health care and prevention (Specific and general strategies in the area of health care, including suggestions for the assembly of systems that allow collective access to quality-based public health care. The examination of the system of the health care in any Latin American country {or anywhere in the world} will be conducted by our experts.  This examination arises from our conviction suggesting that the area of the health care must be an integral part of any legitimate effort of intervention and reform to deal with problems associated with the criminal justice and the issue of citizen security).

Our experts analyze each of these areas in order to formulate public policy designed to alleviate the acute problem of criminality.  In order to accomplish this mission, the Bureau of Anticrime Policy examines the pertinent data, practices the corresponding analysis, and constructs the scheme of public policy formulation. This scheme is a summary in the format of a report.  The cited report is presented to governmental officials in the Latin American nation adopting our anticrime project. The primary objectives of this report are 1) to objectively identify the precise dynamics behind the crime problem in the country under study and 2) to provide the possible solutions to minimize the advance of criminality.

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