It’s one of the most powerful tools in the criminal justice system– tips and information from criminal suspects, used to build cases against other suspected drug dealers and gang members. But some critics say the entire system is too dependent on criminal informants, and they worry that the widespread use of “snitches” is undermining transparency and accountability. We explore how police and prosecutors use criminal informants.


  • Alexandra Natapoff Professor of Law, Loyola Law School; author "Snitching: Criminal Informants and the Erosion of American Justice" (NYU Press)
  • Glenn Ivey State Attorney for Prince George's County, Maryland
  • Albert Herring Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney for External Affairs, United States Attorney's Office, District of Columbia

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