Arlene Harjo

Arlene Harjo entered the world of civil forfeiture in April 2016, when her son, Tino, was arrested while driving her two-year-old Nissan Versa. According to Albuquerque police, Tino was driving drunk. Arlene did nothing wrong. But under civil forfeiture, the city can take Arlene’s car on the theory that the car itself is “guilty” of being used in a crime.

  • August 31, 2016    |   Private Property

    Albuquerque Forfeiture

    Enforcing Landmark Civil Forfeiture Reforms To Shut Down An Unconstitutional Forfeiture Machine

    Arlene Harjo’s two-year-old silver Nissan Versa sat over two hundred days in an impound lot in Albuquerque—targeted by city officials for civil forfeiture. Nobody ever claimed Arlene violated the law. Instead, the city tried to take her car because her son, Tino, allegedly drove drunk. Arlene does not approve of drunk driving; if Tino broke…

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