Rhode Island

Law Grade
State Law Evasion Grade  Final
Rhode Island


Forfeiture Law
Rhode Island civil forfeiture laws fail to protect property owners.   The government only needs to show probable cause to believe a property is related to a crime to forfeit it.  And property owners are effectively guilty until proven innocent, as the burden is on the property owner to prove he was not aware of or did not participate in the underlying crime.  Ninety percent of forfeited property makes its way to law enforcement, while only 10 percent is allocated to the Department of Health for drug abuse treatment programs.  The state is supposed to collect information on forfeiture but failed to respond to requests for information.


Forfeitures as Reported to LEMAS (Drug-related only)


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Equitable Sharing Proceeds from the Assets Forfeiture Fund (AFF)


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Freedom of Information Data
No Data Available; Required to Collect, But Did Not Respond to Request

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