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Marcelo Bergman

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190608774

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190608774.001.0001

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Courts, Criminal Procedures, and Deterrence

Courts, Criminal Procedures, and Deterrence

(p.239) 8 Courts, Criminal Procedures, and Deterrence
More Money, More Crime

Marcelo Bergman

Oxford University Press

This chapter studies the performance of Latin American criminal courts and prosecutor offices in fighting crime and instilling deterrence and systematically analyzes one of the critical and understudied topics in the region: Impunity. It analyzes criminal justice statistics and inmate survey data. In this chapter I argue that while numerous penal reforms in the region welcomed strong protections of individual rights they had limited success in developing effective prosecution and administration of justice to curtail criminality. This chapter uses information from 6,000 inmates, the “voice” of the indicted, to document the court and prosecutorial processes and contrasts this perspective to the “official voice” of the courts of law.

Keywords:   impunity, justice reform, corruption, criminal prosecution, Latin America

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