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Prison

What's behind prisoner deaths at South Carolina prison?

At least 20 inmates have been killed by fellow prisoners in South Carolina prisons since the start of 2017.

What's behind the prisoner deaths at a South Carolina prison?

Gang violence

Mexico's 'invisible' wounds of gang violence

Mental health crisis unfolds in the country after years of drug wars and little psychological help.

Fault Lines

Trump's War on Gangs

Dozens of immigrant teens in the US have been unlawfully detained as part of the Trump administration's 'war on gangs'.

Brazil

Rio's favela ballerinas

Amid ongoing drug gang wars in Rio's favelas, one woman is giving hope to the children of Complexo do Alemao.

Rio's favela ballerinas

Latin America

Mexico violence peaks with over 2,200 murders in June

Official data shows authorities nationwide recorded more than 12,100 homicide probes in the first six months of 2017.

Mexico violence peaks with over 2,200 murders in June

Witness

Mind Over Battle: Beyond Guns, Gangs and Drugs

In Los Angeles, a former gang member who helps others break away from violence and drug addiction, has his own battles.

Opinion

Mexico: Neither Pax Mafiosa, nor rule of law

The post-authoritarian political system in Mexico has become a violent symbiosis of organised crime and politics.

Edgardo Buscaglia

by Edgardo Buscaglia

Edgardo Buscaglia

Brazil

Brazil inmates beheaded and burned to death in clashes

Fighting between rival factions in facility in northern Roraima state end in bloodshed, with at least 25 people killed.

At least 25 prisoners die as riots erupt in Brazil jail

Health

Murder and malady: El Salvador's sugarcane workers

Hit by an epidemic of gang violence and disease, sugarcane cutters have one of the most dangerous jobs in the world.

Murder and malady: El Salvador's sugarcane workers

The Cure

El Salvador's sugarcane workers and their silent killer

A small organisation is tackling a deadly epidemic of chronic disease among El Salvador's sugarcane workers.

Special series

Daisy and Max: Gang violence in the US

A couple working to protect LA communities from gang violence is caught in the crossfire of the US war on gangs.

Human Rights

Life returns to the Mexican city of Juarez

It was once the 'kidnap capital of the world', but businesses, residents and tourists are beginning to return.

Life returns to the Mexican city of Juarez

Gang violence

Japan's yakuza crime group split spikes gang war fears

Yamaguchi-gumi's numbers dropped from about 20,000 at its peak with recent defections further reducing its mafia clout.

Japan's yakuza crime group split spikes gang war fears

Witness

Mexico's Fight for the Future

A teacher struggles to help young people caught in a vicious cycle of drugs and violence in Mexico's Guerrero state.

Crime

Taking from the Italian Mafia to give to the poor

Father Ciotti's organisation transforms seized Mafia property for the social good - and he's become a target for it.

Taking from the Italian Mafia to give to the poor