A bill that would improve recordkeeping and disclosure regarding jailhouse informants just passed out of the California Legislature’s Public Safety Committee. The bill would also cap certain informants benefits. Bill here and ACLU press release here.
I testified in support of the bill along with Bruce Lisker, who was wrongfully convicted of murder at age 17 based on jailhouse informant testimony, and spent 26 years in prison before he was exonerated. Here is Mr. Lisker’s testimony from today’s hearing: