Policy brief exposes alarming cases of civil asset forfeiture abuse
By ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties
The American Civil Liberties Union of California released a policy brief Thursday, May 19, Civil Asset Forfeiture: Profiting from California’s Most Vulnerable, examining civil asset forfeiture abuse by California law enforcement agencies, a practice that greatly impacts communities of color and low-income Californians.
Under federal asset forfeiture laws, the government can legally and permanently forfeit a person’s property and money without charging the person with a crime, or seeking a conviction. [Read more…]