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Book Title: WITSEC: Inside the Federal Witness Protection Program|
Date of issue: January 29th 2002
ISBN 13: 9780553801453
The author of the book: Pete Earley
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 15.47 MB
Read full description of the books WITSEC: Inside the Federal Witness Protection Program:One of the co-authors of "Witsec," Gerald Shur, is the federal Department of Justice official largely responsible for creating a formal program for re-locating, providing new identities, housing, temporary financial support, and help finding a job to witnesses who would otherwise likely be killed if they testified at trial. The re-location program is largely the work of U. S. Marshals. In addition, in the 1970s the federal Bureau of Prisons developed separate facilities to house those witnesses convicted of crimes. The vast majority of the witnesses the re-location program were insiders in the criminal enterprises that the testified against, with only about 6% of witnesses being innocent people who happened to see something; however, more than 6% of those in the re-location program are not criminals, as it is necessary to protect the wives, children, lovers, and other relations of the witnesses. The need to gain witness testimony in order to convict Mafia defendents is what largely drove the establishment of the program in the late 1960s. The authors include many anecdotes about the witnesses.
Although published in 2002, most of the events described took place in the 1960s, 1970s, or 1980s.
Given that one of the co-authors founded the program, the authors are to be congratulated for including comments from those, as participants or otherwise, who are critical of the program. One enduring source of controversy is that although the recidivism rate is a good deal lower for those in witness protection than in the general population of reeaseed prisoners, it does happen. Defense lawyers will often charge that the program essentially buys testimony. The program can be difficult psychologically on participents, particularly those witnesses who are innocent; relationships with non-relocated relatives and friends are supposed to be ended upon relocation. The authors include a several page section written by the wife of a Mafia figure about her experience. Many of the criminal witnesses have difficulty adjusting to the notion of humdrum work for ordinary wages in a legal job.
Read information about the authorPete Earley is a storyteller who has penned 13 books including the New York Times bestseller The Hot House and the 2007 Pulitzer Prize finalist Crazy: A Father’s Search Through America’s Mental Health Madness.
After a 14-year career in journalism, including six years at The Washington Post, Pete became a full-time author with a commitment to expose the stories that entertain and surprise.
His honest reporting and compelling writing helped him garner success as one of few authors with ”the power to introduce new ideas and give them currency,” according to Washingtonian magazine.
When Pete’s life was turned upside down by the events recounted in his book Crazy, he joined the National Alliance of Mental Illness to advocate for strong mental health reform on the public stage.
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