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90 Percent of Ohio Voters Believe a Conviction Should Be Required to Take Property

Ohio may soon become one of the leading states on civil asset forfeiture reform. On Tuesday, state Rep. Rob McColley (R-Napoleon) introduced HB 347, which would protect innocent property owners by requiring a criminal conviction before seized items can be forfeited to the government. FreedomWorks supports this legislation and plans to mobilize our community to take action to help move it through the Ohio Legislature.

09/30/2015
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We Support Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform in Ohio

This statement was delivered at a press conference at the Ohio Statehouse on Tuesday, September 29 unveiling House Bill 347, which reforms the Buckeye State's civil asset forfeiture laws.

09/29/2015
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Overcriminalization’s spillover effect: Man gets criminal record because of a sewer

Across the United States, honest, hardworking small-business owners and employees are spending money on lawyers’ fees to shield themselves from prosecution arising from Congress’ excessive enactment of criminal laws.

09/28/2015
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Oklahomans Overwhelmingly Support Legislation to End Civil Asset Forfeiture

Legislation introduced in Oklahoma to require a criminal conviction before property can be forfeited to the government has strong backing from likely voters in the Sooner State, according to a survey released on Thursday. The survey also found strong support for law enforcement in the state. This highlights that support of civil asset forfeiture reform and appreciation for those who protect and survey communities are not mutually exclusive.

09/28/2015
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71% of Americans Believe Property Shouldn't Be Taken Without a Conviction

A recent survey conducted by YouGov shows an overwhelming percentage of Americans believe the government should be able to seize cash or property only if the owner is convicted of a crime. The results of the survey are the latest to show that Americans believe reforms are necessary to reform the justice system, some of which are detailed in a FreedomWorks' publication, A Look Inside Justice Reform Polling.

09/24/2015
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Civil Asset Forfeiture Is Inconsistent with Economic Freedom

There is no more a basic and fundamental human freedom than the right to property. The right to own and trade property is the basis of capitalism, an economic system that has lifted billions of people out of poverty. But big government policies, such as eminent domain and civil asset forfeiture, are undermining economic freedom in the United States, according to a recent study from the Fraser Institute.

09/23/2015
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Fair Chances: How Lawmakers Can Disrupt the Cycle of Crime and Poverty

Much of the efforts to reform the justice system have been concentrated on front-end sentencing and back-end reentry reform. When it comes to sentencing reform, the idea is that a punishment should fit the crime. Rather than lengthy sentences mandated by big government politicians that ostensibly warehouse low-level, nonviolent offenders, judges should have the option to more appropriate sentences, including diversion programs. For offenders already in the prison system, rehabilitative programming -- such as work training and education -- would provide them with the means to learn skills so they can live productive, honest lives after they return to society.

09/22/2015
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Over-criminalization and Mens Rea: The Missing Topics in the Justice Reform Debate

The epidemic of over-criminalization was the focal point of remarks delivered by Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) on Monday afternoon. Justice reform has been a hot topic in Congress this year, particularly in the Senate, where several Judiciary Committee members are finalizing the language of a bill that would bring modest sentencing and prison reforms to the corrections system. Unfortunately, over-criminalization has been largely missing from the debate.

09/21/2015
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Is Violent Crime Really on the Rise?

Media reports are stoking fears of a sharp rise in homicides in some cities in the United States. This has been used by some to advance the notion that crime is rising across the country. In fact, violent crime rates are at historic lows, according to the most recently available data, and there is no indication that there is a concerning national trend developing.

09/21/2015
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Bernie Sanders: The $18 Trillion Man

Sen. Bernie Sanders has excited the Democratic Party's base with promises of more "free" stuff and emerged from relative obscurity as a legitimate threat to Hillary Clinton, once thought to be the frontrunner for the party's presidential nomination. But the policy agenda the self-identified "democratic socialist" is espousing to fawning audiences on the campaign trail is one that would create severe economic problems for the United States.

09/16/2015

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