Lawmakers are considering eliminating the authority of Alabama police and prosecutors to seize and keep citizens’ property and money without actually convicting them of any crimes.
Unsurprisingly, prosecutors and sheriffs in Alabama would like to keep the gravy train going. But they’re surprisingly blunt in admitting that they’re in it for the money.
In Alabama, law enforcement agencies and prosecutors rake in millions each year through state and federal asset forfeiture programs, seizing people’s property and keeping it for themselves, often without ever convicting anybody of an underlying crime.
A recent study showed that in a quarter of all civil forfeiture cases in Alabama, no underlying charges are ever filed, and in more than 40 percent of all civil forfeiture cases, the underlying crimes revolved around marijuana. Due to lax state reporting requirements, it’s not even clear how extensively local police are turning to civil asset forfeiture.
In JanuaryThis post was originally published on this site