Venezuela’s Prison Shame

Since 2000, Venezuela’s prison capacity has grown by 1,200 places, thanks to the expansion of Yare Penitenciary and the construction of a new jail in Coro. In the same period, our prison population has grown from about 25,000 to 37,700. (Other estimates peg it at 38,100.) Depending on whose numbers you want to go with,…

How to Cut the Murder Rate in Half by 2016

If you’re a believer in the Three Bullet-Point Transition (TM), you know that making deep inroads into Venezuela’s outrageously high murder rate is one of the things any post-Chávez government will have to deliver on. This will be hard, but it’s easy to overstate how hard it will be. With political will and smart policy-making,…