Asset Forfeiture Report: Action Center
Act Now to stop asset forfeiture abuse!
As a citizen, you have the power to persuade your elected officials to pass meaningful reform of your state's civil forfeiture laws. We encourage you to contact your representatives and join IJ's Human Action Network to keep posted on efforts in your state.
• It’s time to end civil forfeiture.
• People shouldn’t lose their property without being convicted of a crime.
• Law enforcement shouldn’t be able to profit from other people’s property.
You will find a link to your state legislature’s website below, where you can access members’ contact information. As reforms are introduced, we will update this page with bill numbers and calls to action. To be kept posted on progress in your state, please join the Human Action Network.
- It’s time to eliminate the profit motive. Civil forfeiture revenue should be placed in a neutral fund, such as one for education or drug treatment, or, most desirably, in the general revenue fund of the county or state government. See the chart below to determine how much of forfeiture funds go to law enforcement in your state. If it’s above 0 percent, it’s a problem.
- Level the playing field for the property owner. Impose a high standard of proof on law enforcement in civil forfeiture proceedings, requiring that it prove its forfeiture case at least by “clear and convincing” evidence. Provide a meaningful defense for innocent owners by removing the burden on property owners to prove their own innocence—“guilty until proven innocent”—and instead place the burden of proof on the government.
- Provide more public accountability. Require all agencies to track and report civil forfeiture revenue and distributions and make that information readily available to the public.
- Close equitable sharing loophole. Respect federalism principles by abolishing equitable sharing agreements with the federal government. If a state has decided to end the practice of policing for profit, officials in that state should not be allowed to do an end-run around those procedures by teaming up with the federal government to forfeit property.
Link to your state legislature’s website
Active Bill Numbers