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Issue Analysis

FreedomWorks Foundation Releases Updated Version of From High Seas to Highway Robbery

11/11/2019

In July 2015, FreedomWorks Foundation published an issue brief, From High Seas to Highway Robbery: How Civil Asset Forfeiture Became One of the Worst Forms of Government Overreach, which documented the history of civil asset forfeiture and how it came to be used so frequently. In the more than four years since the publication of this issue brief, several states have passed reforms to protect innocent individuals from civil asset forfeiture. There has also been a case at the Supreme Court that touches on the issue.

FreedomWorks Foundation has updated From High Seas to Highway Robbery: How Civil Asset Forfeiture Became One of the Worst Forms of Government Overreach to show the progress at the state level and recent federal legislative attempts at reform. We also explain the recent landmark case, Timbs v. Indiana, and how it could shape the landscape around the debate in light of the incorporation of the Eighth Amendment Excessive Fines Clause.

You can download From High Seas to Highway Robbery: How Civil Asset Forfeiture Became One of the Worst Forms of Government Overreach here. Special thanks to Luke Hogg and Josh Withrow, who both contributed to the updated version of this issue brief.