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August 22, 2016

This is one of those issues where reform-minded Democrats and Republicans should find common cause — ending civil asset forfeiture abuses, also known as “policing for profit.” Civil asset forfeiture is what happens when authorities seize cash, homes, cars or other property because they see a link between the property and a crime. Police may see cash and think drug profits. Prosecutors might take a house used to grow marijuana.

August 17, 2016

By…Sophia Bollag

Photo Credit: Cash seized in a police raid in downtown Los Angeles in 2014. (U.S. attorney's office)

California lawmakers paved the way Monday to rein in the ability of police departments to seize property from suspected criminals.

The Assembly voted 66-8 in favor of SB 443, which would add limits to using so-called asset forfeiture to seize property from suspects who haven't been convicted of a crime.

August 17, 2016

State Sen. Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) looks on as the California Assembly approves her civil asset forfeiture bill

Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio

Monday, August 15, 2016 | Sacramento, CA

Law enforcement and civil liberties groups have coalesced behind a bill that would set new limits on public agencies that seize and sell cash and property involved in crimes.

Civil asset forfeiture is often used to fight drug trafficking. But critics say it violates civil liberties.

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.

August 17, 2016

08/17/2016 08:38 am ET |

Grant Smith Deputy Director of National Affairs, Drug Policy Action


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.

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.

August 17, 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