Project Report:
Ending Civil Forfeiture and Protecting Private Property
Purpose
- Investigates causes tending to destroy or impair the free-market system.

Summary

Civil forfeiture is the ability of law enforcement to seize homes, cars, cash, and other property on the mere suspicion that it was involved in a crime—no conviction or arrest required. The Institute for Justice is working to counter this unconstitutional practice through path-breaking litigation, strategic research, legislative reform, and award-winning communications.

Purpose

Property rights are the foundation of all our rights in a free society. But across the country, governments violate property rights through the practice of civil forfeiture. Civil forfeiture laws allow cash, cars, homes, and other property to be seized when the property is merely suspected of being involved with criminal activity. Under these laws, property owners can permanently lose their property without even being charged or convicted of a crime—a gross violation of people’s fundamental constitutional rights.

Scope

Every American’s right to own and enjoy their property hangs in the balance under the threat of civil forfeiture. Millions of dollars in property are seized every year and forfeiture funds continue to grow exponentially: for example, the federal government took $29 billion in cash and other property in just 14 years, and state and local governments have taken hundreds of millions more. IJ engages courts, policymakers, activists, and the media nationwide to expose this harmful practice and advocates for greater protections in state and federal law; secures the return of this unlawfully seized property; and sets precedent in state and federal courts that others can rely on to win back their property.
Since 2010, we have litigated 19 cases; secured the return of $5.1 million in property; helped usher in significant reforms in 26 states and DC; and propelled this issue to national prominence with over 280 editorials decrying forfeiture in nearly 120 media outlets in 35 states and DC.

Amount Approved
$10,000.00 on 8/1/2018 (Check sent: 8/27/2018)


  Related Organizations
Institute for Justice  


Address
901 N Glebe Rd #900
Arlington, VA 22203


Phone
(703) 682-9320 ext 233
(703) 682-9321 (fax)

Contacts


Beth Stevens
Institute for Justice

Posted 1/17/2018 11:27 AM
Updated   11/9/2018 11:43 AM



 
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