1. Violet_Haze03

    Violet_Haze03 New Member

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    Intrigued and not making a lot of progress- questions about criminal activity

    Discussion in 'Research' started by Violet_Haze03, Jul 11, 2018.

    Hey guys, i'm here again. Currently i'm working on a novel, and i'm having a hard time getting the answers i need from the internet. A huge portion of the story will focus on life as a criminal, particularly in a very obscure industry: that of the illegal informant. Although i have the opportunity to communicate with the police, i doubt i will be able to further my research, for confedentiality reasons and all that stuff. So what i'm wondering is basically how this whole information-selling system works, i guess? Any inputs would be great, and i apologize if this whole thread is kindof stupid, i have no clue what i'm doing.
     
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    The illegal informant is often someone who is in the midst, if not part of the criminal activity that he or she informs on. He or she may have gained insider knowledge while inside jail, or has gained it word of mouth from others who run in that particular circle. As you probably know, many incarcerated individuals have been brought up on new charges due to their willingness to blab their story to establish credibility within the penal system. There is a hierarchy, from petty thief to murderer, and the newly incarcerated often have to establish where they are in terms of the pecking order.

    There are also disastrous repercussions for some inmates who turn informant, even the appearance of being someone who snitches can cause a person to receive a severe beat down. Often criminals will limit their illegal conduct to known associates in an attempt to reduce the possibility of being caught.

    There is also corruption among some (not all) of the jail guards, and sadly those ones are the ones who will turn a blind eye while someone browses through jail files, to find out who are the 'skinners', 'pedos' and dealers. A jail broke cell phone is worth thousands of dollars inside, so its not uncommon for those earning lower wages to divest of their moral code and provide contraband and information if there's money to be had.

    I once heard the phrase that there is an appearance of control by the outside sources, because they have the lock and key, but in truth, the criminals are the ones who run the system while inside. At first I brushed this thought off, but it did have some merit. Simply because there are more of them, than there are guards. This is often what leads to the brutality, riots etc., as the guards try to show force, so they aren't rushed by a number of inmates.

    I realize some of this is off topic, but hopefully it will drum up some ideas.
     
  3. deadrats

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    Illegal informant? How is an informant illegal? There's nothing illegal about tipping off law enforcement whether you are any sort of official informant or not.
     
  4. John Calligan

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    I thought for sure that TS was talking about white-collar crime, selling trade secrets and private information?
     
  5. Violet_Haze03

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    That is what i was wondering about. My main character is often infiltrating gangs, sneaking into shady clubs, and slipping onto crime scenes to aquire information they would sell to whoever will pay, usually not governmental officials or the police. I know what you are mentioning is very common, but i aim to tackle a topic that often goes un-written. All i can imagine right now is that they would constantly be facing a lot of danger from all angles, both clients and police, and suffer from extreme paranoia because of it. I would also think they would be very, very reluctant to reveal their indentity, and would use a high degree of anonymity. Does that answer your question?
     
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    My internet cut out, so i'm sorry for making that post twice.
     

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