I recently posted this entry on the Washington Post Political Bookworm blog. From the blog’s introduction:
Criminal informants are a powerful weapon in law enforcement. Snitches typically provide incriminating information about someone in exchange for lighter treatment for themselves. But there is a dark side to the popular practice. In “Snitching: Criminal Informants and the Erosion of American Justice,” published by New York University Press, Alexandra Natapoff explores the hidden, unregulated tradeoffs that officials increasingly accept. Natapoff, a professor of law at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, isn’t seeking a ban on plea bargaining but she wants to raise public awareness of the practice’s disturbing results and encourage improvements.