Matt Powers · December 18, 2015

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, 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:

  1. Arizona: Report calls Arizona civil forfeiture laws ‘among the worst in the country’, Arizona Capitol Times
  2. California: Policing should not be done for profit, Orange County Register
  3. Colorado: Guest Commentary: Colorado needs to abolish civil forfeiture, Denver Post
  4. Connecticut: Libertarian Group Gives Connecticut’s Asset Forfeiture Laws Middling Grades, Hartford Courant
  5. Delaware: No oversight of Delaware police’s secret stash, Delaware News Journal
  6. Florida: Editorial: Rein in civil forfeitures to curb law enforcement abuse, My Palm Beach Post
  7. Georgia: Report States Civil Forfeiture Laws Have Allowed Police to Rake in $4.5 Billion Since 2008, Atlanta Black Star
  8. Hawaii: Report: Hawaii’s Police Property Seizures Ripe For Abuse, Honolulu Civil Beat
  9. Illinois: Towne defends seizing property, Chicago Sun Times
  10. Iowa: Lawmakers plan to address Iowa’s D- civil forfeiture law, Quad-City Times
  11. Kansas: Kansas approach to civil forfeiture dinged in report, Topeka Capital-Journal
  12. Louisiana: 11 – 11 THE THINK TANK 1010AM, SEIZURE OF PROPERTY, WWL-AM
  13. Michigan: Erickson: Get rid of policing for profit in Michigan, The Detroit News
  14. Minnesota: Minnesota must end ‘policing for profit’, Star Tribune
  15. Montana: National Group Pans Montana Forfeiture Laws, KRTV
  16. Nebraska: Nebraska gets C grade for forfeiture law, Journal Star
  17. New Jersey: J. laws allowing cops to seize assets among ‘worst in country,’ report finds, Star Ledger
  18. New Mexico: City failing to follow new forfeiture law, Albuquerque Journal
  19. New York: Lame excuses for letting the cops be robbers, New York Post
  20. Oklahoma: State’s civil assett forfeiture laws get a D-minus from national group, Tulsa World
  21. Oregon: Cannabuzz: Puff, Puff, Publish: Cannabis in the News, Portland Mercury
  22. Pennsylvania :Report: Pennsylvania gets ‘D-‘ for forfeiture laws, Lancaster Online
  23. Tennessee: Institute for Justice calls Tennessee forfeiture laws ‘appalling’, Times Free Press
  24. South Carolina: Midlands law enforcement defends SC property seizure laws, The State
  25. Texas: Miller: Texas fails to protect property owners from civil forfeiture, Houston Chronicle
  26. Utah: Jay Evensen: Think police can’t confiscate your property? , Deseret News
  27. Virginia: Renée Flaherty: Virginia Needs to End “Policing for Profit” , Virginian-Pilot
  28. Washington: Washington earns failing grade on civil forfeiture report card, The Spokesman-Review
  29. Wisconsin: Wisconsin scores B in overall critical report on civil forfeitures, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  30. Wyoming: Alban: Protect Wyomingites’ property rights by reining in civil forfeiture, Casper Star Tribune