While Mexico's President Peña Nieto hasn't backed away from using the military to fight crime entirely, he's promised a more multifaceted approach. That includes a newly launched crime prevention plan.
The Zetas have many sides, but how and why the gang settled in Monterrey explains a lot about who they are and how they operate.
A weakening of the Zetas in the northeast may discourage the drug gang's forays into other parts of Mexico, but internal strife often leads to more murders, writes InSight Crime.
Taxis often serve as lookouts for criminal groups, warning of police deployments. If drivers were working for a cartel, they could be targeted by rival gangs, writes a guest blogger.
But by focusing on the role overcrowding played in the Zetas riot and escape, is the Mexican government missing the bigger picture in terms of prison reform?