Mississippi governor signs bill for civil forfeiture reform

Mississippi Governor Signs Civil Forfeiture Reform Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signed a bill on Monday, March 13, 2017, that will add new transparency requirements to civil forfeiture, which allows law enforcement to confiscate property without filing criminal charges. “Today’s signature is a welcome first step to shining a light on civil forfeiture in Mississippi,” said…

Federal judge certifies class in challenge to Philadelphia’s forfeiture machine

PHILADELPHIA, PA — Late yesterday afternoon, the fight to end Philadelphia’s civil forfeiture machine scored another major victory when a federal judge certified a class of property owners challenging the controversial practice of “policing for profit.” Under this practice, Philadelphia police and prosecutors take in millions of dollars each year in forfeiture proceeds, which they…

U.S. Government drops civil forfeiture case against college student and returns his money

Arlington, VA — Charles Clarke, a 24-year-old college student had $11,000 seized by the federal government at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky airport in 2014. Without cause and without conviction of a crime, the Obama Administration stole Clarke’s life savings right before he was scheduled to board a flight, and they have kept his money for over a year.…