Norys Hernandez owns a house in North Philadelphia with her sister, who resides there. Norys has lived her life playing by the rules and taking pride in her modest real-estate acquisitions. Nevertheless, Philadelphia officials tried to permanently take away her home based on an alleged drug transaction by her nephew that Norys knew nothing about. Now Norys represents a class of thousands of other Philadelphia property owners who want to take on this injustice and make sure it does not happen to anyone else.
Fighting the Philadelphia Forfeiture Machine: Philadelphia Deprives People of Their Rights While Trying to Forfeit and Profit from Their Property
Police and prosecutors use civil forfeiture to strip thousands of Americans of their rights and property. Nowhere is the problem more rampant than in Philadelphia.