La Prensa Grafica reports on the poor state of centers for the rehabilitation of young offenders in El Salvador, which officials warn could contribute to a rise in crime.
In just the past week, the armed forces were given, or are on the verge of getting, new internal security roles in four Latin American countries.
Most of El Salvadors professional soccer teams have stopped giving players the numbers 13 and 18, fearing reprisals from the MS-13 and Barrio 18 gangs. El Faro…
El Salvador has already counted more murders in 2011 than in the whole of the previous year, according to police.
Over 128,000 firearms without a government permit are currently circulating in El Salvador, according to the national police.
Authorities in El Salvador say they are pushing through with a police clean-up which has seen hundreds of officers sanctioned or removed from duty.
El Salvador's government has seized an average of 12 weapons per day so far in 2011, according to officials.
El Salvador's President Mauricio Funes denies that he bowed to U.S. pressure and forced Public Security Minister Manuel Melgar to resign, while hardliners in his political party say otherwise.
Several Central American nations are increasing their defense budgets after decades of demilitarization, citing the need to combat organized crime. But there are some who see inherent dangers in assigning…