April 2011 Vol. 109 No. 6 THE REVIEW

Prosecuting the Informant Culture

Andrew E. Taslitz

Alexandra Natapoff, in her outstanding new book, Snitching: Criminal Informants and the Erosion of American Justice makes a compelling case for reform of the system by which we regulate police use of criminal informants. Indeed, as other writers have discussed, law enforcement's overreliance on such informants has led to a "snitching culture" in which informant snitching replaces other forms of law enforcement investigation. Yet snitches, especially jailhouse snitches, are notoriously unreliable.

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