Directions for Future Research

  • Jon ShaneEmail author
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Criminology book series (BRIEFSCRIMINOL)


Future research should examine other potentially compromising features of confidential informant (CI) management, such as using juveniles, illegal aliens, jailhouse informants, how motivation leads a CI to either turn on their handler or commit other crimes while they are working, the costs and benefits of buying information from a CI, and the relationship between wrongful convictions, personal injury or death, and policy weaknesses involving CIs. Lastly, it would be interesting to compare CIs who have and who have not been subjected to pre-deployment integrity testing to determine if there is a significant qualitative difference in the cases they represent. These areas present a research agenda for issues involving CIs that have implications for legitimacy and American jurisprudence.


Juveniles Illegal aliens Jailhouse informants CI motivation Cost-benefit analysis Wrongful conviction Integrity testing 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.John Jay College of Criminal JusticeNew YorkUSA

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