Five Reasons Pennsylvania Needs Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Now

Syrita Bowen News, Uncategorized

Civil asset forfeiture—the practice of law enforcement seizing citizens’ property if they merely suspect it is involved in a crime—is widely abused across the country. Pennsylvania is no exception. Recent reports have highlighted the rampant abuse and misguided incentives for law enforcement to seize property from innocent Americans. That’s why Fix Forfeiture is working to reform the country’s civil asset forfeiture laws, starting in Pennsylvania. Here are five reasons Pennsylvania needs to reform civil asset forfeiture: A large percentage of forfeiture victims are innocent. According to the ACLU of Pennsylvania report, in Philadelphia, almost one-third of cash forfeiture cases involve money owned by people who have not been found guilty …

We Just Launched in Pennsylvania

Syrita Bowen News, Pennsylvania, Uncategorized

Today, Pennsylvania groups from across the political spectrum have joined forces to protect Pennsylvanians and ensure due process—by reforming the state’s civil asset forfeiture laws. From Holly Harris, Fix Forfeiture’s Senior Project Director: “Asset forfeiture can be a critical tool for law enforcement to combat criminal activity. But, it’s also a tool that can be abused, entangling innocent property owners with the costly and often bizarre task of having to prove their property ‘innocent’ of criminal activity. Fix Forfeiture is committed to fixing this and will work with bipartisan lawmakers to pass the reform legislation introduced by Sen. Folmer and Rep. Cox to ensure the property and due process rights …

What You Need to Know About Forfeiture:

Syrita Bowen News, Uncategorized

The American justice system is based around a simple yet powerful concept: “innocent until proven guilty.” The presumption of innocence ensures that citizens are given a fair shake. But in many states across the country, innocent Americans are being penalized for crimes they’ve never committed – sometimes at the expense of losing their cars and homes – without ever being charged with a crime, being heard by a judge, and without an opportunity to defend themselves. How is this happening? Through a process called civil asset forfeiture. What Is Civil Asset Forfeiture? Through civil asset forfeiture, law enforcement can seize property from a citizen based only on their suspicion that …