Civil asset forfeiture is a funding mechanism that undermines justice, corrupts and militarizes law enforcement, and worsens racial and economic inequalities. Designed to punish “kingpins,” seizures in this state actually amounted only to $8,542 per bust, according to one study.
You can still oppose the illicit market and want this mechanism gone.
- Birthed in the 1980s, asset forfeiture allegedly was invented as a crime-fighting tool designed to strip financial assets from drug-trafficking organizations. At the federal level, law enforcement can take property from the accused without having to convict or even charge.
- Last year, in updating the Institute for Justice report Policing for Profit: The Abuse of Civil Asset Forfeiture, Seattle University economist Brian D. Kelly said “equitable sharing” increases didn’t cut crime or drug use. That same report said that only 13 percent of those whose who’ve had their property seized are charged with a crime.
- Figures from politics and regulation join a range of entrepreneurs for a discussion of the “over-arching theme” that is, “Embracing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion as a Canna Business Culture.”