Fix Forfeiture Partners on the Need to Protect Due Process

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A growing recognition that we need to reform civil asset forfeiture has bypassed traditional partisan divides. And with this week’s launch of our Fix Forfeiture campaign, here’s what some of our partners across the political spectrum are saying: American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Alison Holcomb, Director of the ACLU Campaign for Smart Justice: “Americans deserve a justice system that protects communities and keeps them safe. We can and should end civil asset forfeiture, a backwards policy that incentivizes prioritization of revenue-generating investigations over solving serious crime.  Moreover, civil asset forfeiture laws all too often lead to racial profiling and funding our police departments on the backs of those who cannot afford …

An Unprecedented Campaign to Protect Citizens and End Civil Asset Forfeiture

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Today in America, it’s entirely legal for law enforcement officials to seize someone’s property without ever charging them with a crime—leaving innocent citizens of many states to go through long, expensive legal fights to get their property back. It’s a process called civil asset forfeiture, and today we’ve launched an unprecedented bipartisan effort to protect citizens and ensure their due process rights: “Asset forfeiture can be a critical tool for law enforcement to combat criminal activity,” said Holly Harris, Fix Forfeiture’s Senior Project Director. “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 …

Five Reasons Pennsylvania Needs Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Now

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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

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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 …

Break Down Barriers

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One in three Americans have a criminal record. And 2.7 million children in America have a parent behind bars. Those facts have collateral consequences: Just one day in jail can affect someone’s economic outlook for years to come. And for those who have served time, the path to becoming a productive member of society is made more difficult by legal barriers.