This Is What Happens When States Abolish Civil Forfeiture

Research shows that policing for profit is a big problem—but it’s one that states can fix

In 2015, New Mexico abolished a controversial practice known as civil forfeiture. Critics of the reform claimed it would be a gift to criminals, increasing crime and making it harder for police to do their jobs. In this episode, we talk about what things look like in New Mexico now, five years post-reform. We also dig into the broader findings of new research that presents the largest-ever collection of state and federal forfeiture data.

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