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Justice Department Restarts Program Used to Take People's Property Without Due Process

The Department of Justice, on Monday, restarted the Equitable Sharing Program, which allows federal law enforcement agencies to coordinate with their state and local counterparts to pursue forfeiture of seized money and property under federal civil asset forfeiture laws. The program, which distributes up to 80 percent of the proceeds from these forfeitures to the state and local law enforcement agencies, was suspended in December because of budget constraints. Payments owed were deferred.

03/31/2016
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FreedomWorks Urges Arizona Lawmakers to Reform Civil Asset Forfeiture Laws

Following an informational hearing on civil asset forfeiture reform in the Arizona House Government and Higher Education Committee, FreedomWorks Director of Communications Jason Pye commented:

03/24/2016
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Speaker Ryan Makes Compelling Case for Justice Reform

Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) indicated Wednesday that he plans to bring the House Judiciary Committee’s justice reform package to the floor of the lower chamber for a vote. He did not, however, offer a timetable for action, nor did he indicate which specific bills would be part of the package.

03/23/2016
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Small Businesses in Alaska Support Forfeiture Reform

A civil asset forfeiture reform bill currently working its way through the Alaska House of Representatives has gotten a boost from the state chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business. The organization, which promotes small businesses, see the threat posed by business owners through Alaska's terrible civil asset forfeiture laws.

03/23/2016
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Criminal Justice Reform a Bipartisan Winner

BY Adam Brandon and Wade Henderson

Adam Brandon is the president and CEO of FreedomWorks. Wade Henderson is president of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. FreedomWorks and the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights are partners with the U.S. Justice Action Network.

03/18/2016
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Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Unanimously Passes Florida House, Heads to Governor's Desk

The momentum for civil asset forfeiture reform continued Tuesday. The Florida House of Representatives unanimously passed SB 1044 less than a week after it passed the state Senate without opposition. SB 1044 requires law enforcement to make an arrest before property believed to be connected to a crime is seized and requires the government to present proof beyond a reasonable doubt before property can be forfeited to the state.

03/08/2016
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Florida Senate Unanimously Passes Law Enforcement-Backed Forfeiture Reforms

The Florida Senate, on Friday, unanimously passed legislation that would overhaul the state's civil asset forfeiture laws. Among the most notable parts of the legislation, SB 1044, are requirements that an arrest for a criminal offense is made when property is seized and increases the evidentiary standard the government must meet to "beyond a reasonable doubt" before seized property can be subjected to forfeiture. The bill also contains several reforms to forfeiture procedures and requires training for law enforcement on Florida forfeiture law.

03/07/2016
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Senator Cotton, Stop the Fearmongering Over Justice Reform

Congress is closer than ever to enacting sensible criminal justice reforms that would implement data-driven policies that will reduce recidivism and make our communities safer.

03/03/2016
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Wyoming Governor Signs Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform

After vetoing a stronger version of asset forfeiture legislation, Wyoming Governor Matt Mead signed a bill that would still make significant improvements to the state’s forfeiture laws. The legislation was passed unanimously by both houses of the state legislature.

03/01/2016
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GOP Presidential Hopefuls Could Learn from Texas on Justice Issues

The Republican presidential candidates have debated nine times since August. Nine long debates, in which moderators spent much of their time focusing on personalities and pitting candidates against each other, rather than asking substantive policy questions.

02/29/2016

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