In a clear show of force, the Venezuelan state launched an unprecedented operation, surrounding the Tocorón prison in Aragua.
The PNFAS has been the scene of two massacres. For years, the tension between Barrio 18 and MS13 escalated.
Military crackdowns and mass trials show that there's no end in sight in El Salvador's anti-gang state of exception.
An annual review of Brazil's security landscape paints a highly pessimistic outlook for the country's criminal woes.
The Choneros were once Ecuador's premier drug trafficking gang. InSight Crime documents their steady rise and their rapid fall.
Listen to this article This audio was generated using text-to-speech software Insecurity is rising in Paraguay, and the government is increasing recruitment opportunities for organized crime groups by jailing thousands…
Venezuela's Presidents Chávez and Maduro, to secure long-term power, ensured the country's criminal groups would answer to them.
Tren de Aragua became Venezuela's most feared homegrown gang by first thoroughly controlling the prison of Tocorón and then, the neighborhood of San Vicente.
The Honduran government's anti-gang crackdown risks oversimplifying the causes behind the country's violence.
Latin America's constantly growing prison population has seen tens of thousands of children growing up without their parents, with dire consequences.
A massacre in Honduras is the deadliest at a woman's prison in Latin American history. InSight Crime recently visited this prison to assess conditions.
After six months, the state of exception in Honduras has failed to significantly reduce gang violence and extortion.