After years of drug wars, murders decline in Mexico

The reduction in homicides does not mean Mexico has completely solved its security problems.
The reduction in homicides does not mean Mexico has completely solved its security problems.

By Alan Gomez / USA Today

Murders in Mexico fell for a third straight year in 2014 — the most pronounced declines occurring along the U.S. border — a sign the country is slowly stabilizing after gruesome drug wars.

There were 15,649 people murdered in Mexico in 2014, a 13.8 percent reduction from the previous year and down from a peak of 22,480 in 2011, according to a report set to be released Thursday by the University of San Diego’s Justice in Mexico Project.

The reductions were steeper along the U.S.-Mexican border. Five of the six Mexican states that border the USA reported a combined drop of 17.7 percent in the number of homicides.

“These data really help to underscore that we’re talking about a sea change in violence,” said David Shirk, co-author of the report and director of the Justice in Mexico Project. “You still have elevated levels of crime, so we still have a long way to go. But there is improvement, and we have to acknowledge that improvement and understand why it’s happening so we can try to further it.”

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2015/04/30/mexico-drug-war-homicides-decline/26574309/

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