Released on Tuesday, 'Drug Violence in Mexico: Data and Analysis Through 2010' (pdf) follows the TBI's first report on violence, which came out last year around this time and has since been widely distributed and cited. In the new report, TBI Director David Shirk and co-author Viridiana Rios of Harvard University take a look at Mexico's exploding violence, using data on drug-related homicides recently made available by the government in January 2011. Before, tracking the rise of drug violence in Mexico meant relying on media estimates or conflicting definitions over what exactly is a "drug-related" murder. While the report's conclusions do not contradict the general consensus among crime analysts – namely, the violence will likely continue to get worse – with the inclusion of government data, the Institute is able to give a more complete picture of the nature of Mexico's drug war.

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