Issues related to civil asset forfeiture and its problems.
A Policy Analysis from the Cato Institute that discusses the history of forfeiture and how it has enhanced the power of government over people and their property in ways that are difficult to reconcile with long-cherished constitutional rights.
The war on drugs took off when police agencies got a new incentive to chase drug offenders: the ability to keep cash and vehicles seized in drug operations. Critics say asset forfeiture skews police priorities by giving them a monetary stake in the war on drugs. Read, Listen (Real Audio, 19:30 min)
Excerpt from book about how police can seize you home, car and business without a trial and how to protect yourself, by Brenda Grantland.
The primary asset forfeiture pages of the US Department of Justice.
Includes information relating the prohibition of Bills of Attainder to asset forfeiture.
A study of asset forfeiture by the Macinac Center, which concludes nine specific reforms are necessary to reduce the unfairness and abuses of the present system.
Online articles, from an attorney and author with expertise in RICO and forfeiture.
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