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What Drives Latin America's Astonishingly High Murder Rate?

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Published on September 7, 2019 - Duration: 01:08s

What Drives Latin America's Astonishingly High Murder Rate?

Except for actual war zones, Business Insider reports Latin America is the world's most violent region.

While no single thing explains why there's so much bloodshed, there are several factors common throughout the region.

Latin America is home to about 8% of the world's population but has about one-third of its homicides.

In 2016, that meant some 400 homicides a day, or roughly 146,000 a year.

But the bloodshed is not evenly distributed.

Experts say income inequality and high unemployment, especially among young men, drive up crime rates.

Poorly funded and staff elementary schools also contribute to creating an underclass.

Finally, the inability to hold perpetrators to account for their crimes is pervasive in Latin America.

Just 20 of every 100 murders in Latin America lead to a conviction.

The global average is about 43 per 100.

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