The Justice in Mexico project at the Trans-Border Institute of the University of San Diego has just published a new study that compiles the various public-source data on drug and gang related killings in Mexico over the past decade. According to the report:
Mexico closed the decade with an unprecedented level of violence, and a record num-
ber of drug-related killings in 2009. In light of the spectacular nature of this violence
and the challenge it represents for the Mexican state, it raises serious concerns for the
Mexican public, for policy makers, and for Mexico’s neighboring countries. This report
provides an overview of the trends found in available data on drug-related killings in
Mexico, and offers some brief observations about the causes of violence and the effec-
tiveness of recent efforts to combat organized crime.