Criminal Justice Practitioners' Perceptions Regarding Confidential Informants

Kesha L Thomas, Tennessee State University


This exploratory research examines demographic variables that have the potential to influence criminal justice practitioners' perceptions of confidential informants. The research also evaluated literature regarding the various issues and concerns that practitioners have to take into consideration while using confidential informants. The independent variables analyzed were gender, age, race, education level, years of service and specific area the practitioner works in the criminal justice system. The sample size consisted of 91 criminal justice practitioners selected by availability. The data analyzed was primary data from survey research using an anonymous questionnaire. Spearman's Rho correlation statistic was used to measure the impact of the independent variables and the practitioner's perceptions on 11 Likert scale statements. Statistical significance was indicated on all but two of the survey questions and the overall findings showed there are varying perceptions of confidential informants by criminal justice practitioners employed in the criminal justice system. However there was no statistical significance indicated that show criminal justice practitioners perceive confidential informants to be an integral part of the criminal justice system. Also, there was no statistical significance that criminal justice practitioner's perceived cases were overturned because of unreliable confidential informants.

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Recommended Citation

Kesha L Thomas, "Criminal Justice Practitioners' Perceptions Regarding Confidential Informants" (2013). ETD Collection for Tennessee State University. Paper AAI1547313.