The improvement of the security and criminal justice statistics it’s a regional challenge

Mexico City, June 2022. The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) launched on their official webpage the “Reference framework for security and criminal justice statistics in Latin America and the Caribbean”. The content of this document was prepared under the eleventh meeting of the Conferencia Estadística de las Américas, held at Santiago de Chile, Chile in November 2021.

It is currently available in two languages: English and Spanish and was prepared by a working group coordinated by Mexico through the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI) with the Technical Secretary of The Center of Excellence for Statistical Information on Government, Crime, Victimization and Justice (CdE) (joint project between United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and INEGI), and the ECLAC Statistical Division. Also features the collaboration of staff of the National Statistics Offices from: Bolivia, Brasil, Colombia, Cuba, Guatemala, México, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, República Dominicana, Suriname, y Uruguay.

This document intends to guide and enhance the compilation, processing, and analysis of data on security and criminal justice on the region. The crime-related data is relevant and useful during the design and creation of new policies and programmes for improve and help restore the public order, likewise to enable a better response from the security and criminal justice systems.

The content contains a contextualization that:

  • Introduce and establish the working methods and structure of the National statistical systems.
  • Presents the treatment of the Security and criminal justice statistics in national statistical systems
  • Refer to the Components of the criminal justice and their role in the production of statistics.


From the UNODC-INEGI Centre of Excellence, we call all the actors involved on the professional, personal, or academic development of criminal justice statistics to consult and deepen on the document. We strongly believed that the information in this guide can serve as a differentiator on the creation of solutions to the security problems in Latin America and the Caribbean.


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