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Unnecessary Evil - Learn More: Print, Audio & Video Resources on the Misuse of America's Informant System

Document Date: October 19, 2007

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FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DOCUMENTS & REPORTS

No More Tulias: Drug Law Enforcement Evidentiary Standards Improvement Act of 2007
(1/5/2007)
Representative Shelia Jackson-Lee (D-TX) has introduced a bill in Congress that would apply to all state and local agencies that receive federal funding from the Department of Justice. The No More Tulias: Drug Law Enforcement Evidentiary Standards Improvement Act of 2007, H.R. 253, was introduced in the 110th Congress, 1st Session, and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary. Representative Jackson-Lee’s bill would require corroboration of any informant or law enforcement officer’s testimony.



Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX)

(7/19/2007)
U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary: Oversight Hearing on Law Enforcement Confidential Informant Practices


Davey D Remixes The Wire’s Ed Burns

Department of Justice Guidelines Regarding the Use of Confidential Informants
(1/8/2001)
U.S. Department of Justice guidelines regarding the use of confidential informants in criminal investigations and prosecutions.

Testimony of Reverend Markel Hutchins of the Philadelphia Baptist Church
(7/19/2007)
U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary: Oversight Hearing on Law Enforcement Confidential Informant Practices

The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Compliance with the Attorney General’s Investigative Guidelines (9/1/2005)
A report by the U.S. Department of Justice analyzing, in part, the FBI’s compliance with guidelines controlling the use of confidential informants.

Rep. Dan Lungren (R-CA)
(7/19/2007)
U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary: Oversight Hearing on Law Enforcement Confidential Informant Practices

Substantial Assistance: An Empirical Yardstick Gauging Equity in Current Federal Policy and Practice (1/1/1998)
A report by the U.S. Sentencing Commission analyzing the practice of substantial assistance under which prison sentences are decreased for offenders who assist in the investigation or prosecution of another crime, such as an informant.

Rep. Bill Delahunt (D-MA)
(7/19/2007)
U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary: Oversight Hearing on Law Enforcement Confidential Informant Practices

Department of Environmental Protection Policy: Informants, Investigative Sources, Evidence & Information Funds (5/21/2001)
A general order from the Department of Environmental Protection establishing guidelines for the proper use, documentation, and compensation of informants.

Testimony of Deputy Commander Patrick O’Burke of the Texas Department of Public Safety
(7/19/2007)
U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary: Oversight Hearing on Law Enforcement Confidential Informant Practices

STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT DOCUMENTS & REPORTS

California Department of Justice: Jailhouse Informant Policy
The California Department of Justice guidelines controlling proper use of information provided by jailhouse informants.


Rep. Howard Coble (R-NC)
(7/19/2007)
U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary: Oversight Hearing on Law Enforcement Confidential Informant Practices

Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office Legal Policies Manual: Jailhouse Informants (4/1/2005)
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office policy governing the use of jailhouse informants as witnesses.

Rep. Melvin Watt (D-NC)
(7/19/2007)
U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary: Oversight Hearing on Law Enforcement Confidential Informant Practices

Los Angeles Police Department Consent Decree Requirements Regarding Confidential Informants
A consent decree ordered upon the Los Angeles Police Department governing proper use of confidential informants and compliance requirements.

Testimony Professor Alexandra Natapoff of Loyola Law School Los Angeles
(7/19/2007)
U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary: Oversight Hearing on Law Enforcement Confidential Informant Practices

Los Angeles County Public Defender Informant Testimony Survey (9/19/2006)
A survey of public defenders in Los Angeles County regarding the prevalence and appropriate use of informant testimony.

Testimony of Ronald E. Brooks of the National Narcotic Officer’s Association Coalition
(7/19/2007)
U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary: Oversight Hearing on Law Enforcement Confidential Informant Practices

Denver Police Department Operations Manual: Confidential Informants
The Denver Police Department’s guidelines regarding the proper use of confidential informants.

Continued Testimony of Ronald E. Brooks of the National Narcotic Officer’s Association Coalition
(7/19/2007)
U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary: Oversight Hearing on Law Enforcement Confidential Informant Practices

Boston Police Guidelines Regarding the Use of Informants (6/10/1996)
Boston Police Department guidelines concerning the recruitment and record keeping requirements connected with the use of confidential informants.

Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA)
(7/19/2007)
U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary: Oversight Hearing on Law Enforcement Confidential Informant Practices

Texas Informant Corroboration Law (5/17/2001) Texas passed a law, H.B. 2351, requiring corroboration of all informant testimony in order to secure a drug conviction in 2001

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX)
(7/19/2007)
U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary: Oversight Hearing on Law Enforcement Confidential Informant Practices

ADVOCATE AND MEDIA DOCUMENTS & REPORTS

ACLU of Northern California Letter to the California Commission on the Fair Administration of Justice Regarding Informant Use(9/19/2006)
A letter submitted by the ACLU of Northern California to the California Commission on the Fair Administration of Justice concerning the use of informants in the criminal justice system. The letter offers several recommendations toward successful reform of the informant system.


Temple University Professor Marc Lamont Hill presents a sophisticated analysis of the “Stop Snitchin’” controversy on Hannity & Colmes

Snitching: The Institutional and Communal Consequences (11/1/2004)
Alexandra Natapoff of Loyola Law School Los Angeles offers an in-depth look at the use of confidential informants in the criminal justice system.

Hearne, Texas: Scenes from the Drug War
The story of a community engaged in a struggle to clear the names of those swept up in a corrupt drug raid.

Center on Wrongful Convictions: The Snitch System (1/1/2005)
A report by the Center on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University School of Law documenting how informant testimony has sent innocent Americans to death row.

Don Diva Magazine: Witness or Snitch
Don Diva magazine examines the intersection between the “Stop Snitchin'” movement and informant misuse.

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