Civil Asset Forfeiture’s Days May Be Numbered
Will they seize the moral high ground? Thanks to public asset forfeiture, American law enforcement can nab property associated with alleged wrongdoing, leaving innocent citizens and their loved ones vulnerable to unexpected confiscation. The practice, once primarily used to deflate drug cartels, has been roundly criticized. Some are gunning to fix it, and while hurdles abound — especially since police are loathe to give up profitable equitable sharing with the Justice Department — 22 states are introducing laws to limit such forfeitures, and at least nine states have passed reforms.