El Salvador: Crime Pays

A recent report by the United Nations Development Programme found that only 4% of all homicides resulted in punishment, which led to a dispute by Minister of Security, René Figueroa . Tim Muth writes in Tim's El Salvador Blog that “Figueroa can complain about the study, but the facts are there to be verified. If you are a criminal in El Salvador, the fear of being caught and punished is not a fear which will prevent you from committing a murder. 96% of the time, you won't be caught and punished.”

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