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, September 15, 2019

Former police chief and prosecutor on the dangers of snitching in USA Today

Here is an important op-ed in USA Today from Miriam Krinsky and Ronal Serpas: "Stop letting prosecutors get away with threatening murder." They chronicle the misuse of informants by law enforcment in Orange County and across the country.  About Orange Country, they write:

"Prosecutors used informants to do what would have been illegal for them to do directly — question individuals awaiting trial without their lawyer present and, even worse, use threats of murder and violence to coerce confessions. . . . These practices fly in the face of the fundamental duty of prosecutors: to seek truth and pursue justice."

Krinsky is a former federal prosecutor and now the Executive Director of Fair and Just Prosecution.  Serpas is former Chief of Police for New Orleans and now Professor of Criminology at Loyola University.