Find Out How Easy It Is for Law Enforcement to Seize Cash, Cars and Houses in Your State
The disputed policing tactic that enables law enforcement to seize property from people who were never convicted, or often even charged, with a crime is on the rise across the U.S., according to a report released Tuesday.
The Institute for Justice found that despite heightened public awareness of the practice, called civil asset forfeiture, government seizures are continuing to grow at a rapid pace, varying in degree from state to state.
In its second annual “Policing for Profit” report, the institute examined nationwide forfeiture laws, assigning each state, along with Washington, D.C., and the federal government, a grade based on three criteria.
Those include the financial incentive for law enforcement to pursue forfeitures, the standard of proof the government must meet to seize property, and whether the burden to prove innocence falls on the property owners or the government.