Asset Forfeiture Abuse
Police abuse of civil asset forfeiture laws has shaken our nation’s conscience. Civil forfeiture allows police to seize — and then keep or sell — any property they allege is involved in a crime. Owners need not ever be arrested or convicted of a crime for their cash, cars, or even real estate to be taken away permanently by the government.
Forfeiture was originally presented as a way to cripple large-scale criminal enterprises by diverting their resources. But today, aided by deeply flawed federal and state laws, many police departments use forfeiture to benefit their bottom lines, making seizures motivated by profit rather than crime-fighting. For people whose property has been seized through civil asset forfeiture, legally regaining such property is notoriously difficult and expensive, with costs sometimes exceeding the value of the property. With the total value of property seized increasing every year, calls for reform are growing louder, and CLRP is at the forefront of organizations seeking to rein in the practice.
- Blog Post - Washington MarkupSeptember 13, 2017
- CaseAugust 21, 2017
New ACLU Report Shows Philadelphia DA Seizes $1 Million in Cash Annually from Innocent PhiladelphiansNews/Press ReleaseJune 2, 2015
- News/Press ReleaseJuly 22, 2015
Federal Court Allows ACLU Lawsuit Challenging Civil Asset Forfeiture to Proceed—A Win in the Fight Against Policing for ProfitNews/Press ReleaseAugust 21, 2017
- Blog Post - Speak FreelyJuly 17, 2017