Thursday, October 1, 2009

Victims' Law

Felipe Calderón yesterday came out in support of a new victims' rights law for those who suffer a kidnapping, extortion, or blackmail. It would guarantee transparent processes and establish safer mechanisms for criminal complaints, the president said.

Laws like these aren't a bad thing, but the reason that extortion, et al is such a huge problem is not the lack of a victims' rights law, but the fact that those charged with investigating and punishing such crimes (namely the police) are largely corrupt and/or incompetent. A new law won't be worth a whole lot if the Mexico doesn't improve the quality of the people who implement it at the most basic level.

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