In 2008, Mexico passed a constitutional reform that mandated a change in the criminal justice system from a written inquisitorial system to an oral accusatorial system by 2016. Since 92 percent of crimes in Mexico happen within state jurisdiction, we focus on supporting criminal justice reform at the state level with additional activities at the federal level. To date, 18 of 32 states (56 percent) have passed revised criminal procedure codes.
USAID programs form part of a coordinated U.S. Government effort to help strengthen the rule of law in Mexico under the Merida Initiative.
USAID cooperates with Mexico to implement criminal justice reform by:
Last updated: October 27, 2016