Wednesday, August 17, 2016

CRIME, LAW AND JUSTICE ISSUES IN HONDURAS, SOUTH AFRICA

Every once in a while it's interesting to look at some of the things happening in other nations.
Honduras may be making progress against violent crime.   "Three years ago, Honduras had the highest homicide rate in the world. The city of San Pedro Sula had the highest homicide rate in the country. And the Rivera Hern├índez neighborhood, where 194 people were killed or hacked to death in 2013, had the highest homicide rate in the city. Tens of thousands of young Hondurans traveled to the United States to plead for asylum from the drug gangs’ violence.
This summer I returned to Rivera Hern├índez to find a remarkable reduction in violence, much of it thanks to programs funded by the United States that have helped community leaders tackle crime." Contrary to this author's contentions, treating violence as a communicable disease was not the approach that led to reduced violence. Crimonological and sociological theory, and community programs, helped by U.S. aid, were the main the methods.

South Africa is 80% black with black leadership.  80% of the police are black.  This does not eliminate police violence. Almost all the violence is intra-racial. Obviously, racial differences are not the cause. "For citizens and police officers alike, South Africa is a more dangerous place than the United States. Its population is much smaller, but by most estimates, South African officers are killed at higher rates than their American counterparts. Likewise, South Africans are killed by the police at higher rates."  Class differences, police culture, and political culture may be playing roles

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