Michigan Radio Features Fight Against Forfeiture

Bipartisan groups behind push for reform

The Mackinac Center has joined with groups from across the political spectrum, including the ACLU of Michigan and FreedomWorks, to push back against Michigan's civil asset forfeiture laws.

Civil asset forfeiture is a practice that allows law enforcement to take possession of private property without charging the owner with a crime. Some states, as well as the federal government, have taken steps to curb this injustice in recent years, but Michigan's laws were recently rated a 'D' by FreedomWorks in a national survey of forfeiture laws.

Michigan Radio reports:

… Michigan law enforcement agencies have collected more than $250 million in forfeiture revenue since 2000, with more than $24 million in cash and assets seized in 2013.

“What we don’t know is whether those seizures and forfeitures were ever connected with a criminal conviction,” [Harris] says.

The full article is available here.

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