Resources

  • SNITCHING: Criminal Informants and the Erosion of American Justice
  • U.S. Attorney General's Guidelines on the FBI's Use of Confidential Human Sources
  • Sarah Stillman, The Throwaways, The New Yorker (2012) (article on the use of juvenile informants)

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Thursday, June 4, 2015

Detroit jailhouse snitch ring

Add Detroit to the list of known jailhouse informant scandals.  This story--Ring of Snitches: How Detroit Police Slapped False Murder Convictions on Young Black Men--details how during the 1990s, numerous informants obtained "lenient sentences as well as food, drugs, sex and special privileges from detectives in the Detroit Police Department's homicide division in return for making statements against dozens of prisoners eventually convicted of murder."  The story is eerily reminiscent of the Los Angeles debacle, as well the ongoing scandal in Orange County.