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Rachels Bill

March 27th, 2009 by flanews

A bill drafted in honor of a confidential informant killed in a drug sting is speeding through the legislative process.

Rachel Hoffman was killed last summer when Tallahassee Police sent her undercover to buy drugs and a gun. Rachel was under the supervision of a drug court and had never been convicted of a violent crime went she was recruited as an informant. Rachels mom Margie Weiss is asking lawmakers to adopt a statewide policy for recruiting confidential informants.

I want to make sure that my daughters death is not in vain, that this never happens to another child or to a parent, said Weiss.

Rachel was in a drug treatment program when she was recruited. The familys attorney Lance Block wants the bill amended so police cant recruit people for undercover work if they are in a treatment program.

People that are in substance abuse treatment programs should not be taken out of those programs and put on the street while on drugs. Clearly that is not conducive to someone on recovery, said Block.

The original draft of Rachels Bill offered more protective measures for informants. Block hopes lawmakers will reinstate some of those measures before they take a final vote.

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