Ohio Senate Passes Reforms to Asset Forfeiture Process

maria News, Ohio, Uncategorized

December 9, 2016 The U.S. Justice Action Network, the largest bipartisan group working to reform the justice system in Ohio and nationally, commends the Ohio Senate for unanimously approving H.B. 347 which reforms the civil asset forfeiture process and strengthens protections for Ohio property owners. Holly Harris, Executive Director of the U.S. Justice Action Network: “We applaud Representatives Rob McColley and Tom Brinkman and Senators Kris Jordan and Cecil Thomas for shepherding these crucial reforms to Ohio’s archaic asset forfeiture laws through the Legislature and working to better protect property and due process rights for Ohio citizens. Ensuring that the government cannot take a citizen’s property without due process of law makes …

Cincinnati Enquirer Op-Ed: Ohio Bill Would Curb Assault on Property Rights

Syrita Bowen News, Ohio, Uncategorized

November 30, 2016 This week, the Cincinnati Enquirer published a piece by Michael Hough, Senior Policy Adviser with the Faith & Freedom Coalition and Daniel Dew, Criminal Justice Fellow with the Buckeye Institute. In it, they call on the Ohio Senate not to let another year go by while Ohioans are deprived of their due process rights and to pass HB 347. Excerpts are provided below, and you can read the piece in full here. Did you know that law enforcement can take your car, bank account or house – even without proving that you’ve done anything wrong? Civil asset forfeiture is a tool used by law enforcement to seize money, automobiles and other property …

Ohioans Inundate Lawmakers With Calls for Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform

James Ringland Ohio, State Accomplishments

In Ohio, the collective effort to pass reforms to the civil asset forfeiture system continues to engage all sides. State Senators Kris Jordan (R-19) and Cecil Thomas (D-9) recently joined FreedomWorks President and CEO Adam Brandon and U.S. Justice Action Network Executive Director Holly Harris to call for the passage of H.B. 347. There is widespread support for action in Ohio – illustrated by the nearly 52,000 messages that Ohioans have inundated state legislators with thanks to a campaign by FreedomWorks. “As a native of Cleveland, I have been glad to see Ohio make great strides in reforming its justice system, and this bill will bring that work home in one more area,” …

Ohioans Inundate Lawmakers With Calls for Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform

Syrita Bowen News, Ohio, Uncategorized

In Ohio, the collective effort to pass reforms to the civil asset forfeiture system continues to engage all sides. State Senators Kris Jordan (R-19) and Cecil Thomas (D-9) recently joined FreedomWorks President and CEO Adam Brandon and U.S. Justice Action Network Executive Director Holly Harris to call for the passage of H.B. 347. There is widespread support for action in Ohio – illustrated by the nearly 52,000 messages that Ohioans have inundated state legislators with thanks to a campaign by FreedomWorks. “As a native of Cleveland, I have been glad to see Ohio make great strides in reforming its justice system, and this bill will bring that work home in one more area,” …

Ohio Editorials Highlight Fix Forfeiture’s Role in Civil Asset Forfeiture Reforms

Syrita Bowen News, Ohio, Uncategorized

Reforms to Ohio’s civil asset forfeiture procedures passed the state House of Representatives on May 25 with an overwhelming 72-25 bipartisan vote. This legislation strengthens protections for Ohio property owners and ensures property seized by a government agency cannot be forfeited without due process of law. It moves now to the Senate for approval. Recent editorials in Ohio newspapers have emphasized the need to pass these reforms, highlighting the role Fix Forfeiture and the U.S. Justice Action Network have played in advancing these changes. We urge the Senate to take up this bill, make it even stronger, and send it to the Governor’s desk. The Columbus Dispatch Editorial, Columbus, OH: “Alarm over abuses …