Quiz: How much do you know about jailhouse informants?

By Innocence Staff

Answer these nine questions about jailhouse informants, and you’ll learn key information and outrageous facts about how informants play a role in our criminal justice system. Take the quiz and let us know how you did in the comments below.

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  1. Rosalie Lantz

    What is really sad, the procecutetor get caught lieing and nothing happens to them.
    So the message is, I work for the law so I am above the law.
    When will that change?
    Orange county, Ca crooked as hell.

  2. Laura Florence

    I don’t believe it will ever change. The criminal injustice sysmtem is corrupt.
    Its begins with the arresting police officer, then the prosocuter, then judge. Together the equal a crooked, binding system they call “Justice”

  3. Ron Keine

    A few of points here
    I. When a prosecutor uses jail house snitch testimony it means that his case is devoid of real evidence. This is also indicative of a wrongful conviction.

    2 Where is the justice when the prosecutor can use snitch testimony but the Defense cannot because the defense cannot offer to shorten a sentence for testimony.

    3. Jail house snitches almost always lie and are rewarded for it. It is unfathomable that a suspect will claim his innocence at all times but confess to some stranger in his cell block.

    4. In my case they used two prison snitches who said I confessed to them. I had never met them as both were locked up in the protective custody unit in prison because they were known snitches who had been used in many other trials. For some reason my trial lawyer refused to cross examine them on this over so many of my objections that the judge offered to gag me when I fired the lawyer. FIA the judge ruled that I could not fire my lawyer.

    5. Judges should also be held accountable when they allow a prosecutor to use the same snitch as he did in his last 6 trials.

  4. William Hudson

    It is only when Wrongfully convicted get compensated, more than “Oops, Sorry!”, I say a million$ a year of incarceration, and Prosecutors get held accountable for convicting just to win, They don’t fight for justice, they fight to win, and it needs to be STOPPED! God oh mighty Stop It yesterday!!! One Million Dollars a year from the state will put a hold on rush to conviction! And also it’s not enough for poor victims of the state, but it is a start, and at least with 30 million Dollars in this case, will sure help him re acclimate! It is the least they should do, OMG! Not to mention it should be a national “Look at me I am FREE News cast” It might have been national when they threw away the key! Let it be a calibration when we exonerate these poor victims! Thank you for my Comment
    William Hudson

  5. Gene Huddleston

    Given the high incidents of wrongful convictions, particularly, those involving conspiracy to circumvent justice, law enforcement & prosecutors should face mandatory fines and sentences. They committed criminal acts (when intentional) and should be treated as criminals.

  6. Andrea Robledo

    I need help and I dont know where else to go. My boyfriend was accused 5 years ago of cont sexual assult. The kid recanted 5 times to different people. he refused probation two times to take it to trial. He wont admit to something he didnt do. Jury found him guilty. The judge said the evidence was to conflicting she couldnt believe it either. My guys exwife (her daughter victim) was proved to be having affair at time accusations came out. Clearly she is behind it. We had text msg from kids and everything that the girl wasnt scared but wanted him to come home. i need help. This man has never been in trouble before. judge gave him 25 yrs out of dallas county. this is not suppose to be happening. every lawyer said no way should he been convicted. He is innocent. medical proof was girl was a virgin but alleged penis/vaginal penetration. This is legally not right. i been with him 5 years he is not thst way. what do I do. we expected s not guilty verdict. the entire courtroom could not believe it. help him please 9725133313. Its costing our entire family 25k for an appeal. none of us could celebrate christmas this year. or christmas dinner having to scrape every dollar we can to try to help him. please i am begging yall. or tell me what to do.

  7. George Stevens

    Using a jailhouse snitch just shows what a big P 0 S our justice really system is, and to what low-life underhanded tactics they will resort to, to get a conviction. Best thing to do is, if you sit on a jury, and the sleazy prosecution brings in a jailhouse snitch, bounce the case like a rubber ball and acquit the defendant. If the scum bags lose enough cases because of this, they will stop doing it.

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