ARKANSAS LEADS ON CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM AS CRUCIAL CIVIL ASSET FORFEITURE MEASURE FLIES THROUGH STATE SENATE WITH UNANIMOUS BIPARTISAN VOTE

Syrita Bowen Arkansas, News, Press

Senate Bill 308 Protects Property Rights, Strengthens Due Process (LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS) – Once again, Arkansas continues to lead on criminal justice reform, as the Arkansas Senate voted unanimously on a bipartisan basis to pass the Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Act of 2019 (Senate Bill 308). The bill will overhaul the state’s civil asset forfeiture laws to ensure that innocent citizens are not forced to forfeit their property without due process of law. This legislation is championed by Senate Majority Leader Bart Hester (R-1) and Representative Austin McCollum (R-95).  Under Senate Bill 308, no property will be forfeited by the government unless there is a related criminal conviction, with certain exceptions.  “While forfeiture is an important tool for law enforcement to …

CIVIL ASSET FORFEITURE REFORM WINS APPROVAL FROM ARKANSAS SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE

Syrita Bowen News, Press

Senate Bill 308 Protects Property Rights, Strengthens Due Process   (LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS) – Today, the Arkansas Senate Judiciary committee voted to advance the Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Act of 2019 (Senate Bill 308). The bill passed the committee with a unanimous, bipartisan vote. The bill will overhaul the state’s civil asset forfeiture laws to ensure that innocent citizens are not forced to forfeit their property without due process of law. This legislation was championed by Senate Majority Leader Bart Hester (R-1) and Representative Austin McCollum (R-95). Under Senate Bill 308, no property will be forfeited by the government unless there is a related criminal conviction, with certain exceptions.  “While forfeiture is an important tool for law …