The Throwaways Summary

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Reporter Sarah Stillman wrote an interesting article, The Throwaways, on the use of confidential informants in the justice system, in which she spoke of the “unfair use” and dangers they endure. What she lacked to explain are the uses of the confidential informants and how completely necessary they are in government activities and procedures when dealing with narcotics and terrorism. There is a legitimate use of confidential informants in the narcotics and terrorism divisions of the justice system that gets undermined by the incorrect assumption that confidential informants do not know the dangers of the undercover work they agree to do. A confidential informant is anyone who supplies beneficial and plausible information in regards to felonious criminal activities, and whom the Justice Law Enforcement Agency presumes they will use again to acquire more information in regards to the same incidents in the future (Criminal Law). Confidential informants are prompted by self-betterment (Unnecessary Evil). They work to assemble and administer information or to testify in exchange for money or leniency for their own crimes (Unnecessary Evil). Typically used in the narcotics division, confidential informants have been used in…show more content…
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