Transformations of the Crime Control Field in Colombia

  • Libardo José Ariza
  • Manuel Iturralde


During the last three decades, the governments of different countries globally have adopted authoritarian policies to confront criminal phenomena, which they regard as particularly dangerous (such as terrorism and narco-trafficking). Governments’ actions and policies have consolidated a penal culture whereupon order and security are invoked not only to limit human rights but also to push economic and social justice into the background. Thus, order and security are regarded as a precondition for economic development and social welfare. Often, analyses coming from the global North do not consider such particularities when assessing complex global phenomena. This chapter discusses the transformations that the Colombian crime control field has experienced during the last three decades, where context-specific phenomena have contributed to the expansion and consolidation of a repressive and exclusionary penal culture.


Southern penalties Colombia Narco-trafficking 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Libardo José Ariza
    • 1
  • Manuel Iturralde
    • 1
  1. 1.Law DepartmentUniversidad de los AndesBogotáColombia

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