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The 2009 homicide data for Chihuahua has been updated

October 20, 2010
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The 2009 homicide data for Chihuahua has been updated

As I described in this post, the reported number of homicides in Chihuahua during 2009 turned out to be incomplete. Guess what? The SNSP just released an updated version of the homicide data, and Chihuahua went from having 2,523 homicides to 3,156. My estimate was 3,256, so I came pretty...

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How the expiration of the assault weapon ban affected Mexico

September 2, 2010
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How the expiration of the assault weapon ban affected Mexico

There has been a lot of attention paid to the role of US guns exacerbating the violence in Mexico. The assault-weapon ban expired on September 14, 2004, but with the recent spiraling of violence in Mexico the ban has attracted renewed attention. Just recently the Mexican President stood before the American Congress and blamed the assault weapon...

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How the expiration of the assault weapon ban affected Mexico

September 2, 2010
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How the expiration of the assault weapon ban affected Mexico

There has been a lot of attention paid to the role of US guns exacerbating the violence in Mexico. The assault-weapon ban expired on September 14, 2004, but with the recent spiraling of violence in Mexico the ban has attracted renewed attention. Just recently the Mexican President stood before the American Congress and blamed the assault weapon...

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Myths about Ciudad Juarez

August 18, 2010
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Myths about Ciudad Juarez

Last year there were over 2,600 murders in Ciudad Juarez, and if the more than 1,800 murders so far this year are any indications, there will be even more murders in 2010. Ciudad Juarez is a scary place, but it wasn't always that way... I learned from Noel Maurer's Blog that Ciudad Juarez used to have a low murder...

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Myths about Ciudad Juarez

August 18, 2010
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Myths about Ciudad Juarez

Last year there were over 2,600 murders in Ciudad Juarez, and if the more than 1,800 murders so far this year are any indications, there will be even more murders in 2010. Ciudad Juarez is a scary place, but it wasn't always that way... I learned from Noel Maurer's Blog that Ciudad Juarez used to have a low murder...

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Hacking the CISEN homicide data

August 4, 2010
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Hacking the CISEN homicide data

The director of the CISEN, the Mexican agency in charge of generating intelligence to safeguard Mexico's security, said in a presentation yesterday that the number of homicides linked to the drug war was a little over 28,000 since the start of the Calderon administration. Guillermo Valdés didn't provide the raw data so I used Engauge to digitize...

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Hacking the CISEN homicide data

August 4, 2010
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Hacking the CISEN homicide data

The director of the CISEN, the Mexican agency in charge of generating intelligence to safeguard Mexico's security, said in a presentation yesterday that the number of homicides linked to the drug war was a little over 28,000 since the start of the Calderon administration. Guillermo Valdés didn't provide the raw data so I used Engauge to digitize...

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Mystery solved: The discrepancy in homicide data

July 27, 2010
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Mystery solved: The discrepancy in homicide data

I've been complaining about how homicide statistics from police sources were too low in 2009, with the entire state of Chihuahua having less homicides than its biggest city. I was thinking of finding out if I could use the IFAI (Freedom of Information Access) to obtain the original CIEISP forms which the state police forces are supposed to fill out each month...

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Mystery solved: The discrepancy in homicide data

July 27, 2010
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Mystery solved: The discrepancy in homicide data

I've been complaining about how homicide statistics from police sources were too low in 2009, with the entire state of Chihuahua having less homicides than its biggest city. I was thinking of finding out if I could use the IFAI (Freedom of Information Access) to obtain the original CIEISP forms which the state police forces are supposed to fill out each month...

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Homicide in North America

July 14, 2010
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Homicide in North America

I'm surprised by how similar the trends are (excluding the drug war in Mexico). There were big decreases in the homicide rate in all three countries starting in the early nineties, which then slowed down around 2000.The homicide rates for Mexicans ...

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