Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Welcome to Snitching Blog

snitching = when police or prosecutors offer lenience to criminal suspects in exchange for information or cooperation
Snitching Blog is about a part of our criminal system that most people know little or nothing about: criminal informants, or snitches. At any given moment, thousands of informants are trying to work off their own criminal liability by giving information to the government. These informants may be in court, in prison, on the street, or in the workplace. Police and prosecutors often rely heavily on information obtained from snitches--especially in drug enforcement but also in white collar crime, organized crime, and terrorism investigations. In fact, it is impossible to fully understand the U.S. legal system without understanding snitching. Nevertheless, there is very little public information available about this important public policy. That's where Snitching Blog comes in.

This blog does a bunch of things. It discusses how snitching works--on paper and in reality. It provides resources to individuals, lawyers, law enforcment, and legislators--check out the links on the left. It covers current events and news stories. And it lets you share your own experiences by posting a "Testimonial"--click on the link at the right.

Please look around. Suggestions are welcome.