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Articles Tagged with Civil asset forfeiture laws

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lukas-blazek-mcSDtbWXUZU-unsplash-300x199A recent study by the Institute of Justice showed no collaboration between criminal activity and civil asset forfeitures, news sources state. Civil asset forfeiture has grown popular in police departments all over the country and infamous to property rights critics. Police justify the use of civil asset forfeiture as a way to entrap drug kingpins and other large, organized criminals, but this study, among others, calls that argument into question. 

Civil asset forfeiture lets the police take away an individual’s property under the suspicion of it aiding criminal offenses. The system leaves the burden to provide proof of innocence to the property owners who often don’t do anything to retrieve their assets any longer.

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mason-field-vN_IBzzAxHw-unsplash-300x200Arizona’s D- rating on the Institute of Justice’s “Policing for Profit” may finally be subject to change. The state’s House of Representatives passed House Bill 2810 on a vote of 57-2 across party lines, requiring law enforcement and prosecution to first obtain a conviction before seizing an individual’s assets.

Currently, law enforcement agencies don’t need a criminal charge to seize property in Arizona. The current law simply requires preponderance of the evidence or the possibility of the asset being used for criminal activities. All proceeds from the properties seized go directly to law enforcement agencies.

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