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Congress Should Learn from States on Civil Asset Forfeiture

The Ohio Legislature recently joined the growing ranks of states to pass civil asset forfeiture reform. More than a year in the making, both chambers passed, by overwhelming margins, House Bill 347, which, in most instances, requires a criminal conviction for the state to permanently seize property from an individual.

12/12/2016
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Press Release

FreedomWorks Hails Passage of Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform in Ohio Senate

Following the unanimous passage of civil asset forfeiture reform legislation, HB 347, in the Ohio Senate, FreedomWorks CEO Adam Brandon commented:

12/08/2016
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Before Year's End, the Pa. House Needs to Pass Civil Forfeiture Reform

This op-ed was jointly authored by Adam Brandon of FreedomWorks, Timothy Head of the Faith and Freedom Coalition, and Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform.

10/20/2016
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Time for the Ohio Senate to Pass Forfeiture Reform

A new poll from the Coalition For Public Safety shows a majority of Ohio voters support justice reform. The sentiment is shared by Ohioans of all stripes, including a significant number of those in the Statehouse, as evidenced by the support and passage in the Ohio House of House Bill 347 -- a bill that would end the practice of seizing private property from individuals who are suspected (but not convicted) of having taken part in a crime. The bill has yet to pass the Ohio Senate.

10/13/2016
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Michigan: A Case in Criminal Justice Reform

As the Republican House and Senate leadership disagree on the prospects of criminal justice reform during an election year, Michigan is quietly joining the ranks of states that have moved on justice reinvestment.

10/12/2016
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Pennsylvania on the Cusp of Passing Forfeiture Reform

Current Pennsylvania law allows police to seize property without due process or conviction of a crime. Civil asset forfeiture legally incentivizes policing for profit by allowing the police to keep 100 percent of the proceeds from seizures. This practice creates a conflict of interest for the authorities who benefit monetarily from seizing property.

10/12/2016
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Press Release

FreedomWorks Drives More Than 50,000 Messages of Support for Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform in Ohio

Today, Ohio State Senators Kris Jordan (R-19) and Cecil Thomas (D-9) were joined by FreedomWorks President and CEO Adam Brandon and U.S. Justice Action Network Executive Director Holly Harris to push for passage of H.B. 347, a bill to reform Ohio’s civil asset forfeiture laws. On the call, Brandon announced that Ohioans have inundated state legislators with nearly 52,000 messages of support.

10/05/2016
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Op-ed Placement

Crime Is Still at Historic Lows

BY Jason Pye and Nathan Leamer

Some are playing up news stories or writing editorials with clickbait headlines featuring violent crimes as a way to stoke fear in the minds of Americans to achieve political goals, but the fact is that you’re safer walking down the street today than the early 1970s.

10/04/2016
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Support Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform in Pennsylvania

On behalf of the FreedomWorks activist community in Pennsylvania, I urge you to support the amended version of Senate Bill 869, sponsored by state Sen. Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon). The bill reforms the Commonwealth’s civil asset forfeiture laws to provide more protections for innocent property owners.

09/26/2016
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Press Release

End IRS Abuse of Federal Forfeiture Laws

Ahead of a scheduled vote in the House of Representatives on the Clyde-Hirsch-Sowers RESPECT Act (H.R. 5523), which addresses the Internal Revenue Service’s abuse of federal civil asset forfeiture laws, FreedomWorks CEO Adam Brandon commented:

09/20/2016

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