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)

Recent Blog Posts

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Interview with Rachel Hoffman's mother Margie Weiss

Rachel Hoffman was a young informant who was killed in 2008.  Her parents' activism and lobbying led to the passage of Rachel's Law in Florida, which created new, more thoughtful police guidelines for handling informants.  Rachel's mother, Margie Weiss, has remained a vocal activist and educator on the issue of informant reform. As she put it, "[s]cared kids get talked into assisting the police department or some law enforcement agency for some smaller crime, and then gets sent into a much larger, much more dangerous situation. Initially my daughter was arrested for having less than an ounce of pot...and she received a death sentence." Here is the interview with her: How One Mother Turned Tragedy Into Triumph: The Rachel Morningstar Hoffman Story.