How Civil Asset Forfeiture is Robbing Low-Income Communities
Center for American Progress
April 1, 2016

“In the United States, the basic tenet of the criminal justice system is that one is presumed innocent until proven guilty. However, over the past several decades, thousands of people across the country have had their property seized by the government without being charged with a crime. Regardless of these individuals’ innocence, their cash, homes, cars, and personal property can be taken if law enforcement believes it was involved in a crime or if it is the proceeds of a crime. This practice—known as civil asset forfeiture—was established as a tool to dismantle criminal organizations, but it has spiraled well beyond the purposes for which it was created.”

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