Date: Mon, 29 Apr 1996 10:56:49 -0500 From: Tom Beckner Subject: Re: 9= police In prisons, 911 is sometimes used to refer to both "snitches" and to the officers to which they give information. In one of my recent interviews-- in New Jersey--I also heard 411 used in the same way. I expect that 9 is merely a shortened form of that, although that might not explain 99 (how about the old agent 99 as a possible source?) tmbeckner[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]