The Mackinac Center for Public Policy publishes a policy report by Dr. Donald Kochan pointing out the problems with civil forfeiture, highlighting individual cases and putting forth model legislation.
July 1, 1998
The Center publishes another more in-depth study, also by Dr. Kochan.
October 4, 2011
A new Michigan law allows drug forfeiture funds to be used for all law enforcement purposes.
December 12, 2012
A new Michigan law subjects buildings and other real estate to forfeiture if it is involved in illegal animal fighting.
October 16, 2013
A bill is introduced that would increase transparency requirements for forfeited property. The Center’s news website, Michigan Capitol Confidential, covers the issue. It dies in the state House.
January 8, 2014
A bill is introduced that would require a criminal conviction before property can be forfeited related to drug crimes. CapCon covers the issue. It does not get a hearing.
April 17, 2014
CapCon wins an award partly for its stories on forfeiture in the “consumer watchdog” category from the Detroit chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.
December 3, 2014
CapCon breaks a story in writing and video about several people having their property seized and held for more than a year without being charged with a crime.
The Detroit Free Press picks up the CapCon stories and does a series of articles and videos on the issue.
February 6, 2015
The House GOP “action plan” calls for changes to the state’s forfeiture laws, including transparency and considering preventing forfeiture unless there is a criminal conviction.
May 11, 2015
A package of bills that would increase transparency and raise the standard of evidence before assets can be forfeited is introduced in the state House.
May 20, 2015
The Mackinac Center hosts an event in Lansing featuring Lee McGrath of the Institute for Justice, Dan Korobkin of the ACLU, and State Rep. Jeff Irwin.
September 29, 2015
Policy analyst Jarrett Skorup does a press call with Congressman Tim Walberg and Attorney General Bill Schuette promoting the Center’s study and the package of bills reforming forfeiture in Michigan.
October 20, 2015
Gov. Rick Snyder signs the package of bills. Mackinac Center staff are invited to and attend the bill signing.