Anti-gang policies and gang responses in the Northern Triangle: The Evolution of the Gang Phenomenon in Central America

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Abstract

During the past decade, gangs have become a powerful and violent presence in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, the ‘Northern Triangle’ of Central America. 1 The particular evolution of the gang phenomenon has been deeply shaped by a series of reactions and adaptations to ill-developed security policies that have been unable to tackle the underying causes of gang emergence and growth. These anti-gang policies have varied from ignoring the gangs, tough ‘mano dura’-style police interventions, to the facilitation of a truce between the main gangs.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationAmsterdam
PublisherThe Broker
Media of outputOnline
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jul 2014

Keywords

  • Specialized histories (international relations, law)
  • Literary theory, analysis and criticism
  • Culturele activiteiten
  • Overig maatschappelijk onderzoek

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