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Latin American Criminal Codes, Volume Three

NCJ Number
R Levene, E R Zaffaroni
Date Published
697 pages
This volume is intended to aid as comparative analysis of Latin American criminal codes. It contains the full text of criminal codes in eight countries: Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, El Salvador, Venezuela, and Uruguay.
This is volume three of a four-volume study of criminal legislation in Latin America. The entire study covers 21 countries. With some individual variations, the criminal laws and statutes for each country included offense classification and seriousness rankings; aggravating and extenuating circumstances in the commission of a criminal act (e.g., self-defense, defense of one's property, or of the lives and bodily integrity of others); and offender classification. Criteria for determining defendants' competency to stand trial are outlined in some codes, as are diminished or nonexistent criminal responsibility (e.g., for the mentally ill, physically handicapped, persons acting in a state of altered consciousness or intoxication), penalties, statute of limitations, and definitions of political crimes. The sections devoted to each country are preceded by a detailed table of contents. For the remaining volumes, see NCJ 73450-51 and 73453.