Law Forum : The trouble with using police informants in the United States

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    The trouble with using police informants in the United States

    Some law enforcement agencies in the US use informants in as many as 90% of their drug cases. But there are surprisingly few rules on how informants are used and a groundswell of calls for the system to be reformed.

    The number of informants has exploded in the past few decades. The main reason is the tough mandatory minimum sentences introduced in the 1980s for even relatively minor drug crimes.

    "If a defendant provides what's called 'substantial assistance' to the government, then and only then can a court depart from these mandatory minimum sentences," says Natapoff.

    "There are almost no rules constraining the government in its effort to persuade people to co-operate, the threats they can make to induce people to become informants, and how they are handled after that," she argues.

    "We've created thousands of little criminal entrepreneurs running around looking for other people to snitch on," she says.

    "And when they don't have information we've created a massive incentive for them to create it."

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    One of the most egregious examples of misuse of informants:

    Geronimo Pratt

    I would also like to point out on "your" birth certificates, when someone attests to the information on the certificate by signature, they are titled as informant ....
     
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