Forfeiture Reform

NACDL believes that civil asset forfeiture represents one of the most fundamental threats to the individual liberties of those accused of criminal activities as well as citizens not charged with any crime. State and federal agencies that can seize property of an individual who has not been charged with a crime; tears at the heart of justice and fairness in our system.  

NACDL strongly encourages the reform of systems that seek to undermine the basic principles of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

 

John Oliver on Civil Forfeiture

Comedian John Oliver recently discussed civil asset forfeiture on his program Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, highlighting some of the consequences of the current law in various cases.

 

The Washington Post's Multi-Part Series on Forfeiture Reform

Part 1: Stop and seize: Aggressive police take hundreds of millions of dollars from motorists not charged with crimes - After Sept. 11, 2001, a cottage industry of private police trainers emerged to teach aggressive techniques of highway interdiction to thousands of local and state police.

Part 2: Police intelligence targets cash: Reports on drivers, training by firm fueled law enforcement agressiveness - One training firm started a private intelligence-sharing network and helped shape law enforcement nationwide.

Part 3: They found the law. Who won?: Many drivers faced a long ordeal in court to try to get their money back from police - Motorists caught up in the seizures talk about the experience and the legal battles that could take over a year.

Part 4: Asset seizures fuel police spending - Police agencies nationwide routinely buy vehicles and weapons with money and property seized under federal civil forfeiture law from people who were not charged with a crime.

News Of Interest

"Customs took his truck without charging him with a crime. Two years later, he’s finally getting it back.," by Christopher Ingraham, Washington Post, October 20, 2017.

"Opinion: The forfeiture racket rolls on," by Radley Balko, Washington Post, October 18, 2017.

"Judge shocked to learn NYPD’s evidence database has no backup," by Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, October 18, 2017.

"When the police keep your stuff: Alabamians lose property to controversial practices," by Connor Sheets, AL.com, October 18, 2017.

"Opinion: This abuse by America's DAs is one of the reasons why athletes kneel," by Will Bunch, Philadelphia Inquirer, October 17, 2017.

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