On 15 June 2024, Honduran President Xiomara Castro announced new measures in an effort to counter the influence of organized crime groups in the country. A new prison will be constructed in the eastern part of the country that can hold approximately 20,000 inmates, doubling Honduras’ incarceration capacity. Castro also demanded that Congress change the criminal penal code to equate members of organized crime groups with terrorists so that mass trials can be held. The national police chief stated that his organization is ready to arrest multiple individuals from a list of “intellectual authors, leaders and gang members.” The government declared a countrywide state of emergency in December 2022, suspending select constitutional rights to allow for more aggressive tactics to counter organized crime.

Analyst Comment: President Castro will likely attempt an anti-organized crime approach similar to that of El Salvador’s President Nayib Bukele, who enjoys immense popularity in El Salvador because of a sharp decrease in the crime rate as a result of his policies.