Civil asset forfeiture is a corrupt practice in which legislators force law enforcement to seize the property of Michigan residents, often without charging them with a crime. Petitioning for the return of their property can be more costly than the value of the goods in question.
Civil asset forfeiture violates due process, puts officers in harm’s way and damages relations between the police and the communities they protect.
Fortunately, both chambers of Michigan’s legislature have passed bills that would reform civil asset forfeiture. Since the bills differ, lawmakers must iron out these differences and create a single bill to send to the governor.
Urge lawmakers to send the strongest of these reforms to the governor’s desk, not a watered-down version of both bills.