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


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


Property rights sit at the foundation of a free society. But across the country, governments violate property rights through the practice of civil forfeiture. Through civil forfeiture, property owners can permanently lose their property without being charged or convicted of a crime, a violation of Americans’ constitutional rights.


IJ advances protections for property owners by establishing precedent in the courtroom that others can use to protect their rights; securing the return of property; and pushing for reform of state and federal forfeiture laws consistent with our 501(c)(3) status. Civil forfeiture threatens every American’s right to own and enjoy their property. Each year, millions of dollars in property are seized. Over the last 20 years, federal, state, and local law enforcement have forfeited $68.8 billion, and many states fail to report fully, meaning this is likely a dramatic undercount.

Amount Approved
$20,000.00 on 6/8/2021 (Check sent: 6/11/2021)

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Beth Stevens
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Posted 3/30/2021 12:12 PM
Updated   7/13/2021 3:23 PM

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