Mano Dura: The costs and benefits of repressive criminal justice for young people in Latin America
The focus of this report is on the intended and unintended consequences of mano dura in Latin America, particularly as they relate to youth.
The assessment draws on available evidence that, albeit patchy, offers a state of the art overview of the real costs and benefits of repressive approaches to public security and criminal justice provision.
A parallel goal of the report is to also highlight the positive contribution of young people to promoting safety and security in their neighborhoods, communities, cities and countries.
It considers the definition of mano dura, explores discrete categories of mano dura intervention, and also examines the costs and benefits of prevention, underlining the cost and benefits for every dollar invested.