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Justice For All - Feb 2015

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Michigan lawmakers are taking action to protect innocent people from the state's backward civil asset forfeiture laws

Michigan lawmakers are forging ahead on a Republican-backed package of bills that would reform the state's civil asset forfeiture laws. The reforms would restore due process protections for innocent property owners and require law enforcement to be more transparent about how they are using the practice.

05/13/2015
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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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Civil Asset Forfeiture: "The True Highway Robbery"

05/11/2015
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Alabama enacts proven justice reforms to ensure public safety and reduce burdens on taxpayers

The Alabama Legislature, on Friday, gave final passage to a comprehensive bill aimed at reducing overcrowding in state prisons. The legislation would deal with offenders in a responsible way by creating a new class designation for nonviolent offenses and placing a bigger emphasis on community supervision programs designed to reduce the likelihood of an offender becoming a repeat offender.

05/11/2015
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Federal agents stole $16,000 from a kid on his way to Los Angeles to make a music video

Joseph Rivers is a 22-year-old who has a dream of making a music video. With help from his supportive family, he persevered and saved, raising $16,000 in cash to leave his hometown in Michigan for Los Angeles to see his dream become reality.

05/07/2015
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Emphasize Community-Based Treatment for School Ditching, not Big Government

Across our country youth are being introduced to the justice system, not because they have done anything that is normally illegal, but solely because of their age. These youth are charged with violating “status offenses,” which are offenses only because of the status of the individual, in this case the individual’s age. Some of the most common status offenses are: truancy, missing curfew and being a runaway.

05/06/2015
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Montana Governor signs legislation to protect innocent property owners from government overreach

There's big news out of Montana. Gov. Steve Bullock signed legislation on Tuesday to protect innocent people and their property from civil asset forfeiture abuse by overzealous law enforcement.

05/05/2015
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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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IRS, Justice Department ignore civil asset forfeiture policy changes to target an innocent North Carolina business owner

Lyndon McLellan is the owner of a convenience store in Fairmont, North Carolina, a small town just up I-95 from the state's border with South Carolina. On the advice of a bank teller, McLellan began making deposits below $10,000 to save the bank burdensome paperwork required under the Bank Secrecy Act, a 1970 law aimed at deterring money laundering and a host of other crimes, including illicit drug activity.

05/04/2015
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No-Knock Raids Create Dangers for the Families and Law Enforcement

Cory Maye, a loving father of an 18 month old daughter at the time, was sleeping in his living room the day after Christmas at 12:30 a.m. when he heard banging at the door. He had no prior record, but lived in a rough neighborhood, where break-ins had taken place before, so he grabbed his pistol and ran to the back bedroom to defend his daughter.

04/29/2015

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