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Daniel Dew: Civil Asset Forfeiture in Ohio

December 8, 2016

Llawmakers’ in Ohio try to reform criminal justice laws to better protect citizens

In this episode of the weekly Budget & Tax News podcast, research fellow Jesse Hathaway talks with Daniel Dew, a criminal justice fellow with The Buckeye Institute for Public Policy Solutions, about lawmakers’ efforts to reform criminal justice laws in Ohio and better protect citizens’ rights to property and due process under the law.

Dew says civil asset forfeiture is a legal process that permits government law enforcement agents to take ownership of people’s cash and property, without first proving a crime has occurred. Ohio state lawmakers are working to fix the problems caused by this example of government expansion and intrusion into people’s lives, Dew says, and a bill helping to fix the problem may be close to passing in the state’s General Assembly.

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Jesse Hathaway is a policy advisor for budget and tax issues at The Heartland Institute. @JesseinOH