Law Grade
State Law Evasion Grade  Final


Forfeiture Law
Alaska has terrible civil forfeiture laws.  Not only does the government merely need to show probable cause to forfeit property, but an innocent owner bears the burden of trying to reclaim his property and prove his innocence.  Once a property owner is given notice that his property has been seized, he has thirty days to respond.  If he fails to claim the property within that time frame, it is automatically forfeited.  These problems are compounded by the fact that law enforcement in Alaska keeps 100 percent of the revenues generated by civil forfeitures, creating a perverse incentive to seize as much property as possible.  Moreover, there is no legal requirement that Alaska authorities collect or report data on their forfeitures.


Forfeitures as Reported to LEMAS (Drug-related only)

Total Assets Forfeited

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Equitable Sharing Proceeds from the Assets Forfeiture Fund (AFF)

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