HomeNewsBriefImpunity at 90% in Calderon’s Mexico
BRIEF

Impunity at 90% in Calderon’s Mexico

JUDICIAL REFORM / 25 JAN 2012 BY EDWARD FOX EN

Some 90 percent of people arrested during Felipe Calderon’s first five years as president of Mexico went free, according to the UN.

Raul Benitez Manaut, a consultant for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), stated that of the 500,000 people arrested in Mexico since Calderon came to power in late 2006, around 450,000 were later freed, reported Proceso.

Benitez attributed the high rate of impunity to Mexico’s inquisitorial system of justice — where the accused is  presumed guilty — high levels of corruption among state officials, and inefficient investigating agencies with poorly integrated records.

InSight Crime Analysis

Mexico is currently in the process of reforming its judicial system, breaking from the archaic inquisitorial system to a more modern adversarial one where innocence is presumed rather than guilt, and trials are made more open to the public.

In 2008, Mexico’s National Human Rights Commission (CNDH) put the impunity rate as high as 99 percent.

While Calderon’s administration has launched a heavily militarized assault on drug gangs, using the  armed forces to apprehend suspects, the lack of similar emphasis on the judicial side means that impunity remains the Achilles Heel of his anti-drug trafficking drive.

Compartir icon icon icon

What are your thoughts? Click here to send InSight Crime your comments.

We encourage readers to copy and distribute our work for non-commercial purposes, with attribution to InSight Crime in the byline and links to the original at both the top and bottom of the article. Check the Creative Commons website for more details of how to share our work, and please send us an email if you use an article.

Related Content

KNIGHTS TEMPLAR / 29 NOV 2013

The leader of Mexico's Knights Templar has claimed the cartel was twice contacted by the sister of former president Felipe…

EL CHAPO / 18 JAN 2013

The US Treasury has formally recognized as a Drug Trafficking Organization a group based in Sinaloa, Mexico, claiming…

MEXICO / 27 JAN 2016

An ongoing investigation into the Zetas has revealed how this violent criminal group used a prison to dispose of…

About InSight Crime

THE ORGANIZATION

We Have Updated Our Website

4 FEB 2021

Welcome to our new home page. We have revamped the site to create a better display and reader experience.

THE ORGANIZATION

InSight Crime Events – Border Crime: The Northern Triangle and Tri-Border Area

ARGENTINA / 25 JAN 2021

Through several rounds of extensive field investigations, our researchers have analyzed and mapped out the main illicit economies and criminal groups present in 39 border departments spread across the six countries of study – the Northern Triangle trio of Guatemala, Honduras, and El…

BRIEF

InSight Crime’s ‘Memo Fantasma’ Investigation Wins Simón Bolívar National Journalism Prize

COLOMBIA / 20 NOV 2020

The staff at InSight Crime was awarded the prestigious Simón Bolívar national journalism prize in Colombia for its two-year investigation into the drug trafficker known as “Memo Fantasma,” which was…

ANALYSIS

InSight Crime – From Uncovering Organized Crime to Finding What Works

COLOMBIA / 12 NOV 2020

This project began 10 years ago as an effort to address a problem: the lack of daily coverage, investigative stories and analysis of organized crime in the Americas. …

ANALYSIS

InSight Crime – Ten Years of Investigating Organized Crime in the Americas

FEATURED / 2 NOV 2020

In early 2009, Steven Dudley was in Medellín, Colombia. His assignment: speak to a jailed paramilitary leader in the Itagui prison, just south of the city. Following his interview inside…