Strengthening Criminal Justice Systems in Mexico (2011)
Harmonization of Criminal Legislation and Strengthening of Prosecution Services in Mexico (2010)
In 2011, JES carried out an assessment of the operation of the criminal justice systems in the five southern states of Mexico, Campeche, Yucatán, Quintana Roo, Chiapas and Tabasco. The assessment focused on the collection and handling of physical evidence at crime scenes, the conduct of criminal investigations and the preparation of evidence for trial. The assessment led to the development of a major training proposal for police in prosecutors in the five southern states.
In 2013, JES conducted a diagnostic, supported by the Canadian embassy in Mexico, of the state of development of the criminal justice system in the State of Oaxaca, Mexico. The diagnostic included visits to the State to examine current practices regarding the management of crime scene evidence and the management of investigations. The visit concluded with a number of recommendations for strengthening the process. These were shared with Mexican authorities in 2010 JES presented at the annual meeting on justice system reform in Tijuana, Mexico where State officials were examining the process of reform for Baja California.
Finally, JES supported the work of the Department of Justice Canada by developing and delivering a workshop presentation on "Chain of Custody". This was part of its major project on Criminal Legal Legislation Harmonization and strengthening of criminal justice systems in the 5 southern States of Mexico.