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August 16, 2016

California Asset Forfeiture Reform Heading to Approval

Police will have to get convictions in many cases before taking people’s stuff.

Scott Shackford|Aug. 16, 2016 4:10 pm

August 16, 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.

August 16, 2016

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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

August 16, 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.

August 15, 2016

Picture Credit: Sen. Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles in Philadelphia during the Democratic National Convention Wednesday, July 27, 2016. Hector Amezcua

By Jeremy B. White /

People not convicted of a crime would be shielded from having some assets seized by law enforcement under a bill that passed the California Assembly on Thursday.

August 15, 2016

Posted 4:24 PM, August 15, 2016, by ,

SACRAMENTO (AP) — Lawmakers are advancing legislation to prevent California police from prematurely selling suspected criminals’ belongings.

California law already requires that a person be convicted before police can seize cash or property valued under $25,000 that’s believed to have been attained illegally.

August 15, 2016

By Marisa Lagos August 15, 2016

California lawmakers took a major step toward reining in a controversial practice that has allowed law enforcement agencies to keep cash and other property seized during traffic stops — even if the owner was never convicted of a crime.

August 11, 2016

Press Release | Wednesday, Aug 10, 2016

Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe called on the members of the California Assembly to vote in support of Senate Bill 1322, which comes before them Thursday. The bill, sponsored by State Senator Holly Mitchell and approved by the State Senate, would decriminalize prostitution for minors. In urging his support, Knabe said:

August 11, 2016


At least one barrier to asset forfeiture reform has been cleared, as a compromise has been reached between law enforcement groups and state Sen. Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles.

Last year, California seemed set to join a growing number of states in reforming civil asset forfeiture, a means by which law enforcement agencies can seize a person’s assets without first obtaining a criminal conviction.

August 11, 2016

Photo Caption: Patrice Hill, a program coordinator with Sacramento Area Youth Speaks, leads a slam poetry workshop in March sponsored by the mayor’s gang prevention task force. Rosa Aqeel and Kim McGill argue that more must be done to give the state’s minority youth a better future. LEZLIE STERLING Sacramento Bee file

By Rosa Aqeel and Kim McGill - Special to The Bee