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The state of New York has received a middling grade for its civil forfeiture laws from a Virginia-based public interest law firm.

In the third edition of its “Policing for Profit” report, the Institute for Justice (IJ) has given New York a “C” grade for its asset forfeiture laws, praising the state for a recent set of reforms that strengthened transparency requirements, while calling for more change to the state’s forfeiture laws.

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pexels-pixabay-259027-300x200Civil forfeiture activity has ramped up in recent years, but exactly how much have law enforcement agencies in the U.S. collected using the controversial practice?

According to the Institute for Justice (IJ), federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies have seized more than $68 billion dollars worth of property without due process since 2000. The Virginia-based public interest law firm recently released the 3rd edition of its ‘Policing for Profit’ report, which examines civil asset forfeiture abuses by law enforcement across the U.S.

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alabama-1611179_1920-300x287Hawaii’s new requirements for civil asset forfeiture will start to apply to local enforcement authorities starting  January 17, 2020.

Civil asset forfeiture is a seizure program used in all 50 states to confiscate financial and physical assets owned by suspected criminals. A handful of states require a criminal conviction before property can be seized, but most states, including Hawaii, simply require police to demonstrate probable cause.

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alabama-1611179_1920-300x287A federal class-action lawsuit recently filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama is challenging the constitutionality of the state’s civil asset forfeiture system.

Civil asset forfeiture is a legal practice that allows law enforcement to take possession of private property—cash, vehicles, real estate, etc.—if it is suspected of being connected to criminal activity. In many states, an individual doesn’t even need to be charged with a crime before their property is taken.

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dollar-499481_1920-300x212Police in Willmington, IL, are reportedly seeking to seize the vehicle of a 27-year-old man who was arrested in August for armed robbery.

According to documents filed by the Will County State’s Attorney’s Office, police are seeking to forfeit a 1997 GMC 2500 truck owned by Correy A. Ingram of Diamond.

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