Asset Forfeiture Report: Tennessee


 


 
Grades*
Forfeiture
Law Grade

State Law Evasion Grade

 Final
Grade
Tennessee

 

Forfeiture Law
Tennessee has broad civil forfeiture laws that fail to protect the rights of property owners.  There, the government must establish by only a preponderance of the evidence that property is related to a crime and subject to forfeiture.  Tennessee also effectively presumes owners are guilty, as the property owner bears the burden of proof for innocent owner claims.  And, while it cannot be used to supplement salaries, local drug enforcement nonetheless keeps 100 percent of property forfeited, and there is no requirement to collect or report data on the use of forfeiture or its proceeds in Tennessee. 



Press Releases and News

State Press Release

 

From the Report: Canine Sniffs Yield Unreliable Evidence for Forfeiture
 
   
   
     



 
 


 

 

Forfeitures as Reported to LEMAS (Drug-related only)

 

Total Assets
Forfeited

Assets Forfeited per
Law Enforcement Agency

1993

$10,582,931

$47,349

1997

$19,894,405

$47,255

2000

$18,441,459

$46,945

2003

$15,675,257

$49,327

 

Equitable Sharing Proceeds from the Assets Forfeiture Fund (AFF)

 

Proceeds Returned to State

FY 2000

$4,339,691

FY 2001

$5,081,198

FY 2002

$4,838,211

FY 2003

$3,470,935

FY 2004

$3,416,186

FY 2005

$5,642,415

FY 2006

$4,153,200

FY 2007

$6,938,343

FY 2008

$6,221,133

Total

$44,101,312

Average per Year

$4,900,146

 

Freedom of Information Data
No Data Available; Not Required to Collect


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