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Im needing help finding laws and statues in the state of Arkansas, for confidential informants. My specific questions are as follows:

1. Can felons on probation or parole be confidential informants?

2. What are the requirements to be a condifential informant?

3. Who approves a person on probation or parole to be a confidental informant?

4.What state laws prohibit a felon on probation or parole to be used as a confidental informant?

5. What state laws prohibit felons on probation or parole to be used in drug buys?

Any information on this would be helpful.

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For the most part, statutes don't get into the details of who may be a confidential informant (CI), how CI's are selected, etc. Those decisions are made by the police and prosecutor. A person on parole or probation may run a risk of violation of his/her probation or parole by participating, and that's something he or she would want to discuss with counsel.

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I agree with the previous poster, this is something he or she may want to discuss with a local Arkansas Lawyer for clarification before participating as a confidential informant.

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I again ask this question and its clear, can anyone be used as a confidential informant in Arkansas? We know probation and parolees sign aan agreement to not do this, but there has to be something police have to go by to use people as informants. It should not be lawful for someone to commit a crime and be able to tell on someone else in order to get out of it. The police should also not be able to wire up a regular citizen to go in and make a buy to get someone they have been after and put the citizen in harms way of retaliations that could happen to them of doing so, again there has to be some kind of laws of who they can use and what are they?

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This is probably the best answer that you will get from strangers on the internet.

 

On ‎9‎/‎29‎/‎2012 at 7:26 AM, Tax_Counsel said:

For the most part, statutes don't get into the details of who may be a confidential informant (CI), how CI's are selected, etc. Those decisions are made by the police and prosecutor.

 

Tax_Counsel is an attorney.

 

If your question arises because of something happening to you personally, I suggest you consult an Arkansas attorney.

 

 

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11 minutes ago, giggles123 said:

I again ask this question and its clear, can anyone be used as a confidential informant in Arkansas? We know probation and parolees sign aan agreement to not do this, but there has to be something police have to go by to use people as informants. It should not be lawful for someone to commit a crime and be able to tell on someone else in order to get out of it. The police should also not be able to wire up a regular citizen to go in and make a buy to get someone they have been after and put the citizen in harms way of retaliations that could happen to them of doing so, again there has to be some kind of laws of who they can use and what are they?

 

There are no laws in Arkansas on who can and can't be a CI.  It is based on departmental property.

 

In real life being a CI and being wired up and put into a dangerous situation only cross paths very seldomly.  

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The posts to which you refer ended in 2012.  Why would you think it would be illegal for a convicted felon to be a confidential informant?    A confidential informant is anyone who provides information to law enforcement agencies.  Convicted felons are probably the best source of such informarion.

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1 hour ago, giggles123 said:

that did not answer the question.

 

While you may be correct about this, this thread is nearly seven years ago.  Why would you resurrect it?

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1 hour ago, giggles123 said:

It should not be lawful for someone to commit a crime and be able to tell on someone else in order to get out of it.

 

And yet it is perfectly legal and happens pretty much every day.

 

1 hour ago, giggles123 said:

The police should also not be able to wire up a regular citizen to go in and make a buy to get someone they have been after and put the citizen in harms way of retaliations that could happen to them of doing so, again there has to be some kind of laws of who they can use and what are they?

 

And yet that is legal, too, and happens frequently.

 

Like it or not, there is no law in Arkansas or any other state that sets out precise rules on who may be used as a confidential informant. So while you insist there must be some law, you'll find you're wrong on that. Potentially anyone might be a confidential informant. All it takes is having knowledge of a crime and being willing to provide that information confidentially to the police.

 

And for future reference, reactivating old threads is frowned upon on most message board sites, including this one. It's better to simply start a new thread and ask your question there rather than tagging it to someone else's old thread.

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