Articles by Diego Valle-Jones

The 74 most violent cities in Mexico

January 14, 2015 | Diego Valle-Jones

I’ve updated the mxmortalitydb package to include 2013 data. This data only package includes all injury intent deaths (accidents, homicides, suicides, and unspcified intent) that were registered in Mexico from 2004 to 2013. You can use the package to calculate changes and trends in homicide rates in the most violent metro areas (... [Read more...]

Map of divorce in Mexico

May 19, 2012 | Diego Valle-Jones

Keeping with this week's divorce theme, here's a map of the Mexican states where marriages are most likely to end in divorce. Perhaps not surprisingly, there seems to be an inverse correlation with the state percentage of the population that is catho... [Read more...]

Express Divorce in Mexico

May 16, 2012 | Diego Valle-Jones

On October 2008 Mexico's capital, the Federal District, approved a version of no-fault divorce locally known as "express divorce". With the new law the requesting spouse no longer had to provide a cause to dissolve the marriage and the couple no longer had to live apart before filing for divorce. Furthermore, ... [Read more...]

Homicides in Mexico 2010

December 28, 2011 | Diego Valle-Jones

Recently the Mexican government released to the public the final homicide data for 2010, and as you can see from the chart Mexico has suffered from a steep rise in homicides since 2008, and in 2010 reached the highest homicide rate in recent history. The Mexican government had actually released preliminary homicide data ... [Read more...]

Homicides in Mexico 2006-2009

January 27, 2011 | Diego Valle-Jones

Just today the Mexican government released to the public the mortality database for 2009, and as you can see from the chart Mexico has suffered from a steep rise in homicides from 2008 onward and very likely reached the highest violence rate in recent history last year. Since the Mexican government also ... [Read more...]

Some problems with the Mexican mortality database

December 22, 2010 | Diego Valle-Jones

I've written before about how I couldn't find the Acteal Massacre in the homicide database available at the INEGI. So I decided to check if the deaths that occurred as a consequence of the massacre were misclassified as other types of violent death, and indeed they were. In the municipality ... [Read more...]

Recent developments in the drug war

December 1, 2010 | Diego Valle-Jones

The Mexican government recently released data on all crime statistics from January 1997 to October 2010, as reported by the various police forces operating in Mexico. This information provides an unprecedented look at what has happened since the drug war began and allows for a frank assessment of the deterioration of security ... [Read more...]

Mapping drug war related homicides in 2010

November 9, 2010 | Diego Valle-Jones

There have been some very good visualizations of the Wikileaks data so I decided to create one of the drug war in Mexico The above map was made using data collected by Walter McKay, mainly from El Universal and El Diario reports. The data is stored as a Google Map ... [Read more...]

The dead of Juarez

November 4, 2010 | Diego Valle-Jones

Ciudad Juárez became the most violent city in Mexico as a consequence of the vicious war between the Juárez Cartel and the Sinaloa Cartel. So far more than 6,500 people have been murdered in this city since the war started. With the Juárez Cartel significantly weakened, 2010 is set ... [Read more...]

The 2009 homicide data for Chihuahua has been updated

October 20, 2010 | Diego Valle-Jones

As I described in this post, the reported number of homicides[1] in Chihuahua during 2009 turned out to be incomplete. Guess what? The SNSP just released [xls file] 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 close. And ... [Read more...]

Myths about Ciudad Juarez

August 18, 2010 | Diego Valle-Jones

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 ... [Read more...]

Hacking the CISEN homicide data

August 4, 2010 | Diego Valle-Jones

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 ... [Read more...]

Mystery solved: The discrepancy in homicide data

July 27, 2010 | Diego Valle-Jones

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 ... [Read more...]
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