Missouri desperately needs civil asset forfeiture reform.
Right now in many cases, police can seize Missourians’ property, even if no charges are filed. This practice, often referred to as “policing for profit,” only allows a person to reclaim their property if they go through a lengthy legal process. Often, that process can cost more than what the property is worth.
Recently, the Supreme Court rendered a verdict that could limit the federal government’s use of civil asset forfeiture. With all nine judges agreeing, it was a signal to lawmakers that the practice of taking innocent people’s property has gone too far.
HB 444 unanimously passed the Special Committee on Criminal Justice. But now, Representative Holly Rehder is holding the bill in committee stage.
A state audit found most of the $9 million in property seized by police in Missouri in 2018 came from cases where no criminal charge was filed. If you’re innocent, your property shouldn’t be seized—period.
Tell Representative Rehder (R-MO-148) that civil asset forfeiture needs serious reform, and this bill should be sent to the floor for discussion!