MEXICO'S DRUG WAR: Lessons From New York?


Legal scholar Frank Zimring highlights some policing strategies from New York that could be applied to combatting drug-related crime in Mexico.

The 40,000-plus, drug-related murders that have rocked Mexico over the past six years are not a necessary result of drug trafficking. Furthermore, U.S. strategy, which seeks to end narco-violence by eliminating the drug trade, is misguided. So argued noted legal scholar Frank Zimring during his talk for the Center for Latin American Studies. Taking New York City as a model, Zimring proposed that a crime prevention strategy that concentrates resources on limited priorities and specific geographic areas could control the violence that has ravaged Mexico.

Celeste Kauffman
Publication date: 
August 18, 2011
Publication type: 
Berkeley Review of Latin American Studies Article