Support Needed Reform to Nevada's Civil Asset Forfeiture Laws
For decades, law enforcement in Nevada and around the country have been using a shady practice called civil asset forfeiture. The policy allows them to take cash, cars and even houses from innocent people.
Police don’t even have to charge you with a crime to take your property. Suspecting it was used while committing a crime, like drug trafficking, is enough.
Once it’s taken, it’s nearly impossible for you to get your money or property back. You have to prove the property is innocent, a nearly impossible task.
In Nevada, civil asset forfeiture disproportionately hurts low-income and minority residents. The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department alone took nearly $2 million through forfeiture in 2016. In many cases, law enforcement agencies are allowed to keep what they take and use it to pad their budget, encouraging “policing for profit.”
It’s time to stop this outrageous and harmful practice. Police shouldn’t be able to take innocent peoples’ property.