Institutionalized Police Brutality: Torture, the Militarization of Security, and the Reform of Inquisitorial Criminal Justice in Mexico

  title={Institutionalized Police Brutality: Torture, the Militarization of Security, and the Reform of Inquisitorial Criminal Justice in Mexico},
  author={Beatriz Magaloni and Luis Rodriguez},
  journal={American Political Science Review},
  pages={1013 - 1034}
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