By Robert L. Ayers

Crime and violence have emerged in recent times as significant stumbling blocks to improvement pursuits in Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) nations. The paper explicates an time table for destiny paintings that can help LAC international locations by way of discussing 'policy domain names' the place motion is needed. Such domain names contain decreasing city poverty, concentrating on efforts on 'at-risk' teams, construction or rebuilding social capital, strengthening municipal capability for fighting crime and violence, and reforming the felony justice procedure.

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In many areas, recreation centers, dance halls, youth clubs and sports facilities no longer function because of crime and violence. 16 Fourth, crime and violence vitiate governmental capacity. They do this in a number of ways. The resources that have to be spent on combating crime and violence are very substantial and, in a situation of constrained public resources, often come at the expense of resources that should be spent for development purposes. In addition, crime and violence directly and indirectly contribute to corruption within agencies of the public sector.

W. C. A. All rights reserved Manufactured in the United States of America First printing January 1998 This publication is part of the World Bank Latin American and Caribbean Studies series. Although these publications do not represent World Bank policy, they are intended to be thought-provoking and worthy of discussion, and they are designed to open a dialogue to explore creative solutions to pressing problems. Comments on this paper are welcome and will be published on the LAC Home Page, which is part of the World Bank's site on the World Wide Web.

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