Conflict & Justice

Why Crime is on the Rise in Venezuela

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Police cadets handcuff classmates during training at the National Bolivarian Police (PNB) University in Caracas August 26, 2010. Beset by one of the world's highest murder rates, Venezuela has set a two-year deadline to clean up its police forces, an official said Thursday, as the opposition attacked President Hugo Chavez's record on crime before a legislative election. REUTERS/Jorge Silva (VENEZUELA - Tags: POLITICS CRIME LAW) - RTR2HL0E

One of the big issues in Venezuela's presidential election campaign is rising crime.

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(This story is based on a radio interview. Listen to the audio to hear it.)

The murder rate in Venezuela has risen sharply recently.

Anchor Marco Werman finds out more from Jeremy McDermott of InSightCrime, a group that studies organized crime in the Americas.

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