by John Hawkins | December 13, 2005 11:59 pm
After reading this article on snitching, I’m well prepared to believe that there are serious problems with the way our nation’s police forces use informers. But this seems a little bit crazy to me:
Finally, as the T-shirt controversy illustrates, snitching exacerbates crime, violence, and distrust in some of the nation’s most socially vulnerable communities. In the poorest neighborhoods, vast numbers of young people are in contact with the criminal-justice system. Nearly every family contains someone who is incarcerated, under supervision, or has a criminal record. In these communities, the law-enforcement policy of pressuring everyone to snitch can have the devastating effect of tearing families and social networks apart. Ironically, these are the communities most in need of positive role models, strong social institutions, and good police-community relations. Snitching undermines these important goals by setting criminals loose, creating distrust, and compromising police integrity.
Call me heartless, but I don’t feel like fostering stronger bonds between criminals should be a goal of our nation’s policy.
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