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Bill to stop cops from civil asset forfeiture makes its way thru CA Assembly

August 17, 2016

By Thandisizwe Chimurenga

Picture Caption: Hardworking owners of legal businesses sometimes carry large sums of cash. If cops in Cali catch them with it, it can go bye-bye without any recourse.

California Poised To Pass Major Asset Forfeiture Reform

August 17, 2016

08/17/2016 08:38 am ET |

Grant Smith Deputy Director of National Affairs, Drug Policy Action


California Poised to Pass Momentous Civil Asset Forfeiture Reforms

August 17, 2016


A California bill to limit civil asset forfeiture abuses was approved today by the State Assembly on a 66 to 8 vote. The bill will now return to the Senate for a concurrence vote.

Forfeiting civil asset forfeiture

August 17, 2016


Forfeiting civil asset forfeiture


On Monday, the state Assembly approved a bill aimed at curbing abuses of civil asset forfeiture, a practice by which law enforcement may seize a person’s property, cash and other assets without first achieving a criminal conviction.

California Poised to Pass Major Asset Forfeiture Reform

August 16, 2016

Drugs: California Poised to Pass Major Asset Forfeiture Reform

A powerful signal to Washington that policing for profit must end.

By Grant Smith / AlterNet

Asset Forfeiture Reform Bill Passes California Assembly

August 15, 2016

By Drug Policy Alliance
August 15, 2016 10:18 PM 
Requires Conviction In Most Cases Before Permanent Loss of Property

SACRAMENTO, CA — Civil asset forfeiture reform legislation authored by Senator Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) and David Hadley (R-Torrance) passed the California Assembly Floor by a 67 to 7 vote on Monday.

The Latest: Assembly moves to speed up taxpayer charity

August 15, 2016

Picture Caption & Credit:

Sen. Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, right, thanks Assemblyman David Hadley, R-Manhattan Beach, after the Assembly approved her bill he carried in the Assembly which would prevent California police from prematurely selling belongings seized from suspected criminals, Monday, Aug. 15, 2016, in Sacramento, Calif. Mitchell's SB443 now goes to the Senate for a final vote. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

 Posted: 08/15/16, 5:16 PM PDT | Updated: 1 day ago

Collins: Abuse of foster children demands Legislature's help

August 15, 2016

By Lee Collins, Special to The Mercury News

Posted:   08/08/2016 10:46:34 AM PDT |

One child swallowed a handful of nails, hoping they would pierce his intestines and he would die. Another teenager took every pill she could find in the cabinet, believing those surely would do the trick, and she would be free of her nightmares. What do these two children have in common? Both were foster children -- and both survived their attempts -- and neither of them was considered at serious risk by a mental health system that declined to treat them.