I started Snitching Blog in 2009. Since then, many lawyers, government officials, journalists and parents have told me that the blog has been helpful. I have therefore expanded the blog to include a new resource website with sections devoted to litigation, legislation, families & youth, and research materials. The site provides overviews of major issues, with cases, motions, and model legislation that can be downloaded. It describes all recent federal legislation pertaining to informants, with links to state legislation as well. It also lists dozens of books, articles, and reports about criminal informant use. Snitching Blog will continue; the resource website is for those who want to learn, work, or write in more depth about these issues. The address is snitching.org/resources/–the link is to the left. Please visit!
About Snitching Blog
Due to overwhelming amounts of spam, Snitching Blog unfortunately can no longer accept comments. If you have information that you would like to bring to my attention, you can reach me by email through Loyola Law School’s website.
Thanks to all the commenters who asked for an RSS feed. Will get it up asap. The blog is still so new we are still working out some glitches.
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.