Michigan Seeks to Ban Police from Seizing Property from People Who Have Not Been Convicted of Crimes
Updated: Feb 18, 2019
What an idea. The cops can't just take your stuff!
Thankfully, it appears Michigan may be joining the 11 states—California, Connecticut, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, Ohio, Oregon, and Vermont—that now require a criminal conviction to lift someone of their rightful property. (Three states—North Carolina, New Mexico, and Nebraska—have abolished civil forfeiture entirely, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.)
Civil forfieture should not happen in the United States. We applaud Michigan in its efforts and we hope the recent trend toward ending this practice spreads to more states.