After seven years living in Central America and Mexico, Diana Negroponte has examined levels of insecurity in the hemisphere and alternative means to contain criminal violence. Reform and strengthening of the judiciary is one important solution. In the 1990s, many states amended their constitutions to improve access to justice, greater transparency in criminal proceedings, the problem of impunity from prosecution and the transition to an accusatorial judicial system with oral arguments. The implementation of these reforms is uneven, with the courts in Chile demonstrating the effectiveness of reform and others struggling to persuade citizens, politicians and judges that change is not prejudicial. Most recently, Mexico enacted major reform of its criminal justice system. The Transparency and Accountability Project hosted Negroponte to discuss the elements necessary for effective reform and the obstacles thrown into its path.
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The Transparency and Accountability Project hosted Diana Villiers Negroponte, Brookings Nonresident Senior Fellow, to discuss the elements necessary for effective judicial reform in Latin America and the obstacles thrown into its path.