A new Institute for Justice report asserts that police and prosecutors nationwide are abusing their forfeiture privileges by seizing property to pad their budgets, in many cases never even charging the property owners with a crime. The report by the libertarian public interest law firm also says that, in some instances, money from forfeitures is not used for law enforcement but to buy sports tickets and to fund campaign ads.
Report Blasts States for Abusing Civil Forfeiture Laws
The National Law Journal
April 1, 2010