Civil asset forfeiture was created with good intentions. But across the country it has become a tool for corruption.
Under current law, police can seize and take ownership of peoples' property without ever charging or convicting them of a crime. To get their property back from the government, West Virginians — even if no charges were filed — must go through the legal process, which is often pricier than what the seized property is worth.
Once innocent Mountaineers forfeit their seized property, police departments can pocket the proceeds. Sadly, this opens the door for law enforcement officials, already facing tight budgets, to engage in civil asset forfeiture for monetary gain.
Send a message to the officials who have voiced support for bipartisan civil asset forfeiture reform and urge them to keep fighting for the rights of innocent West Virginians!