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Yes, civil asset forfeiture denies innocent people of their right to due process

Oklahoma has some of the worst civil asset forfeiture laws in the country. According to FreedomWorks' state scorecard, Civil Asset Forfeiture: Grading the States, the standard of proof the government needs to subject property allegedly connected to a crime to forfeiture is too low and, in an inversion of justice, the property owner, who may never be charged with a crime, must show that the property was obtained through legal means to get it back. Additionally, a perverse profit motive exists, as Oklahoma law enforcement agencies can keep up to 100 percent of the proceeds from forfeitures.

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Conservatives and progressives come together to protect innocent Oklahomans property rights

The effort to reform Oklahoma's terrible civil asset forfeiture laws has brought together unlikely bedfellows from the ideologically opposed think tanks. In an op-ed published on Sunday, Terry England, vice president for strategic initiatives at the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs, and Gene Perry, policy director at the Oklahoma Policy Institute, explained the perilous situation that property owners in which innocent Sooner State residents could find themselves under current state law.

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Mary Fallin should get behind the effort to protect innocent Oklahomans from civil asset forfeiture

During a recent a recent discussion with Oklahoma journalists, Gov. Mary Fallin indicated that reforms were necessary to the Sooner State's awful civil asset forfeiture laws. How far she is willing to go remains to be seen.

06/09/2015
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Oklahoma lawmaker comes under fire for trying to protect innocent people's property

State Sen Kyle Loveless (R-Oklahoma City) recognizes that Oklahoma lacks adequate protections for innocent people whose property is seized by overzealous law enforcement. With the Oklahoma Legislature set to adjourn at the end of May, he decided to begin a conversation about civil asset forfeiture reform.

05/12/2015
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Oklahoma becomes the latest Republican state to enact meaningful justice reforms

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin signed a major bill into law allowing judges to sentence nonviolent offenders below mandatory minimum sentences, a big government, one-size-fits-all policy that costs taxpayers big bucks.

05/05/2015
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Top Ten Reasons to Support T. W. Shannon for U.S. Senate in Oklahoma

T. W. Shannon wants to fully repeal ObamaCare, and as Speaker of the Oklahoma House blocked a massive expansion of government-provided insurance.

06/19/2014
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Top Ten Reasons to Oppose James Lankford in Oklahoma

James Lankford voted against cutting non-defense spending to 2006 levels in order to save taxpayers billions of dollars.

06/17/2014
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FreedomWorks Activists Send Thousands of Messages to Oklahoma Governor’s Office to Repeal Common Core

In the final days before the deadline to sign HB 3399, FreedomWorks grassroots activists are sending thousands of messages to Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin to repeal Common Core in Oklahoma. The fate of education in Oklahoma rests in Governor Fallin’s hands, who needs to sign HB 3399 into law to stop the federal takeover of education.

06/02/2014
Twenty Four Hours for Oklahoma
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Twenty Four Hours for Oklahoma

FreedomWorks is proud to sponsor a twenty four hour radiothon in partnership with TheBlaze Radio.

05/22/2013
A Call to Service, Glenn Beck Leading by Example
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A Call to Service, Glenn Beck Leading by Example

America was founded on the ideas and principles of rugged individualism and personal responsibility, and at times these ideals are warped into an excuse to overlook the poor, downtrodden and displaced members of society.

05/22/2013

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