The Centro de Investigación para el Desarrollo A.C. (The Center for Research for Development, or CIDAC) is is a not-for-profit, Mexican think tank that undertakes research and proposes viable policy options for Mexico´s economic and democratic development. The organization seeks to promote open, pluralistic debate in pursuit of: •Rule of Law & Democracy •Market economy •Social development •Strengthening Mexico - U.S. relations

CIDAC offers the results of its work to the general plubic, with the objectives of enriching public debate and contribute to relevant decision making in the country. CIDAC does not receive funds from any political party nor the Mexican government.

CIDAC issued a report in August, 2009 on the Índice de Incidencia Delictiva y Violencia 2009 (Crime and Violence Rate Index 2009) for Mexico. One of the more startling conclusions was that only 1.7% of all crimes in Mexico result in a conviction.

It flows like this: Only 12% of crimes in Mexico are ever reported to the authorities, of that 12%, only 26% are ever investigated, of that 26%, only 55% result in a conviction. The result is that 98.3% of crimes escape punishment.

To put this in perspective, the overall crime rate in Mexico is three times the rate in the US, as reported by CIDAC. Yet the incarceration rate in Mexico is only 200 people per 100,000, while in the US the incarceration rate is 743 people per 100,000.

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