From New York to California, Americans are outraged by civil forfeiture. Newspapers and other media outlets in 30 states have cited Policing for Profit and educated readers about civil forfeiture. In Hawaii, the report even inspired state Sen. Will Espero “to say he plans to introduce legislation to reform the practice.”
Last month, the Institute for Justice (IJ) released the second edition of Policing for Profit, a report that evaluated and graded civil forfeiture laws in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the federal government. Civil forfeiture allows law enforcement to seize and keep cash, cars and even homes without the need to convict or charge someone with a crime.
Only seven states and Washington, D.C. earned a B or better for their civil forfeiture laws. Just two states—New Mexico and North Carolina—have abolished civil forfeiture. The report also found that in 2014 combined assets for the U.S. Treasury and Justice departments were nearly $4.5 billion.
The immediate widespread media coverage across the states shows that there is support for reform.
The report has also garnered attention from outlets such as: Washington Post, Mother Jones, Time, and Vox. IJ’s Director for Strategic Research Dick Carpenter was also interviewed on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal about the report.
For more information, read IJ’s Policing for Profit report, visit EndForfeiture.com, and check out our latest civil forfeiture cases.
Below is a list of articles from each state that has covered the new report so far:
- Arizona: Report calls Arizona civil forfeiture laws ‘among the worst in the country’, Arizona Capitol Times
- California: Policing should not be done for profit, Orange County Register
- Colorado: Guest Commentary: Colorado needs to abolish civil forfeiture, Denver Post
- Connecticut: Libertarian Group Gives Connecticut’s Asset Forfeiture Laws Middling Grades, Hartford Courant
- Delaware: No oversight of Delaware police’s secret stash, Delaware News Journal
- Florida: Editorial: Rein in civil forfeitures to curb law enforcement abuse, My Palm Beach Post
- Georgia: Report States Civil Forfeiture Laws Have Allowed Police to Rake in $4.5 Billion Since 2008, Atlanta Black Star
- Hawaii: Report: Hawaii’s Police Property Seizures Ripe For Abuse, Honolulu Civil Beat
- Illinois: Towne defends seizing property, Chicago Sun Times
- Iowa: Lawmakers plan to address Iowa’s D- civil forfeiture law, Quad-City Times
- Kansas: Kansas approach to civil forfeiture dinged in report, Topeka Capital-Journal
- Louisiana: 11 – 11 THE THINK TANK 1010AM, SEIZURE OF PROPERTY, WWL-AM
- Michigan: Erickson: Get rid of policing for profit in Michigan, The Detroit News
- Minnesota: Minnesota must end ‘policing for profit’, Star Tribune
- Montana: National Group Pans Montana Forfeiture Laws, KRTV
- Nebraska: Nebraska gets C grade for forfeiture law, Journal Star
- New Jersey: J. laws allowing cops to seize assets among ‘worst in country,’ report finds, Star Ledger
- New Mexico: City failing to follow new forfeiture law, Albuquerque Journal
- New York: Lame excuses for letting the cops be robbers, New York Post
- Oklahoma: State’s civil assett forfeiture laws get a D-minus from national group, Tulsa World
- Oregon: Cannabuzz: Puff, Puff, Publish: Cannabis in the News, Portland Mercury
- Pennsylvania :Report: Pennsylvania gets ‘D-‘ for forfeiture laws, Lancaster Online
- Tennessee: Institute for Justice calls Tennessee forfeiture laws ‘appalling’, Times Free Press
- South Carolina: Midlands law enforcement defends SC property seizure laws, The State
- Texas: Miller: Texas fails to protect property owners from civil forfeiture, Houston Chronicle
- Utah: Jay Evensen: Think police can’t confiscate your property? , Deseret News
- Virginia: Renée Flaherty: Virginia Needs to End “Policing for Profit” , Virginian-Pilot
- Washington: Washington earns failing grade on civil forfeiture report card, The Spokesman-Review
- Wisconsin: Wisconsin scores B in overall critical report on civil forfeitures, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
- Wyoming: Alban: Protect Wyomingites’ property rights by reining in civil forfeiture, Casper Star Tribune