Nicaragua’s police force is in danger of giving socialism a good name. The country is one of the poorest in the hemisphere. Yet its annual murder rate, 11 per 100,000 people, is among the lowest in Latin America and eight times lower than in neighbouring Honduras (see map).
This article should be explored as a contribution to the debate on Justice systems–criminal justice and the penal system. It might be seen as an argument against the politically conservative attitudes toward criminals. To develop a more sophisticated argument, narratives and case studies should be found and used.
On the other hand, the same article presents cases that support aggressive approaches against crime, like Rio de Janeiro’s “pacification policy”, in addition to progressive approaches that include education and social programs.