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Jailhouse Informants

An Update In The Story Of Ann Colomb

Radley Balko | Posted 09.04.2013 | Politics

Back in 2008, I wrote a long piece for Reason magazine about the Colombs, a black, working class family in Church Point, Louisiana. The Colombs' story...

A Tale of Two Snitches

David Protess | Posted 08.10.2013 | Chicago
David Protess

For two decades, Armando Serrano and Jose Montanez have professed their innocence. Surprisingly, their fight for freedom has been bolstered by their former accusers.

"The Pope of Humboldt Park" Case Tests State's Attorney's New Direction

David Protess | Posted 04.25.2012 | Chicago
David Protess

A troubling case provides a test of Ms. Alvarez's commitment to right wrongful convictions. It turns on an issue that cuts to the core of the criminal justice system: The procurement of false testimony by a jailhouse snitch.

Jailhouse Snitches Sabotage Justice with Unreliable Evidence

John Terzano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Terzano

Jailhouse "snitch" and informant witnesses often provide incriminating testimony during criminal proceedings in exchange for reduced sentences or other benefits

Two More Exonerations Stress the Need for Credible Evidence

John Terzano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Terzano

Two new exonerations reveal the very real threat of false testimony, and the strong need for corroborating evidence to ensure that credible testimony is presented to juries in criminal trials.