A 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.