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The war on drugs took off when police agencies got a new incentive to chase drug offenders: the ability to keep cash and vehicles seized in drug operations. Critics say asset forfeiture skews police priorities by giving them a monetary stake in the war on drugs. Read, Listen (Real Audio, 19:30 min)
JMD: AFP: 2001 Asset Forfeiture Fund Reports
Here you can see the annual reports on the looting by the Justice Department. Treasury has similar reports.
Justice Management Division: Asset Forfeiture Program
The primary asset forfeiture pages of the US Department of Justice.
U.S. Marshals Service: Asset Forfeiture Program
The US Marshals Service explains the goals and benefits of the asset forfeiture program.
Steven L. Kessler
Online articles, from an attorney and author with expertise in RICO and forfeiture. (April 1, 2002)
The Devil is in the Details
The Forfeiture Example of American 'Justice'. A heavy criticism of asset forfeiture by S. Leon Felkins. (January 17, 2002)
Does the Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Act of 2000 Bring a Modicum of Sanity to the Federal Civil Forfeiture System
An excellent review of the impact of the Reform Act of 2000 on forfeiture, giving a history of forfeiture as well as the passage of the act itself. (May 1, 2001)
A Discussion on Why the Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Act Will Not Significantly Reform the Practice of Forfeiture (October 1, 2000)
Liberty, Attainder, Bills of Attainder & the Constitution
Includes information relating the prohibition of Bills of Attainder to asset forfeiture. (May 12, 2000)
Drug loot fuels drug war
A series of articles on forfeiture by the Standard Times newspaper of SouthCoast, MA. Very balanced, providing views from both sides of this issue. (August 8, 1999)
Property and Liberty: You can't give up one without losing the other
Asserting that private property rights are necessary for personal freedom. (January 2, 1999)
Liberty Activists suggests that we bring the issue of civil asset forfeiture to public attention in a simple yet riveting manner; by protesting at the auctions where the seized property is being sold to the highest bidder (February 1, 1998)
Reforming Property Forfeiture Laws to Protect Citizens' Rights
A study of asset forfeiture by the Macinac Center, which concludes nine specific reforms are necessary to reduce the unfairness and abuses of the present system. (January 1, 1998)
Bill Of Attainder Project
A civil liberties organization started by the Libertarian Party of Oklahoma, which contacts political activists, organizations and others to oppose forfeiture. (December 1, 1997)
The Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Act 1997 (Testimony)
Congressional testimony from Roger Pilon, Ph.D., J.D., Senior Fellow and Director Center for Constitutional Studies, Cato Institute, before the Committee on the Judiciary, United States House of Representatives, June 11, 1997. (June 11, 1997)
Losing Ones Livelihood to the Grasp of Fiction
An introductory article on the law of civil forfeiture in the United States written in 1996 by Robert Shaw. Provides an overview of laws and legal standards, forfeiture's origins and history, law enforcement relationships and abuses, and suggestions for reform. [PDF] (April 1, 1996)
The Government's Legal Theft Racket
Spirited attack on forfeiture law, by Michael Fumento. Discusses Tina Bennis case and others. (January 2, 1996)
Z Magazine: Asset Forfeiture
Article by activist and writer Susan Meeker Lowry critical of the practice as applied in the 'war on drugs.' (January, 1996)
Introduction to "Your House is Under Arrest"
Excerpt from book about how police can seize you home, car and business without a trial and how to protect yourself, by Brenda Grantland. (June 1, 1993)
American Forfeiture Law: Property Owners Meet the Prosecutor
A Policy Analysis from the Cato Institute that discusses the history of forfeiture and how it has enhanced the power of government over people and their property in ways that are difficult to reconcile with long-cherished constitutional rights. (September 29, 1992)
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