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April 13, 2020
Tyson Timbs’ Asset Forfeiture Case in District Court Following Indiana Supreme Court Decision
Tyson Timbs has been trying to recover a Land Rover seized by police in connection with his arrest for a drug offense in 2013.
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March 26, 2020
Firearms Sales Surge during Pandemic
State and local governments Implement Inconsistent Policies on Gun Sales
Criminal Justice
December 28, 2019
Michigan House Passes ‘Clean Slate’ Bills
Thousands of criminal convictions will be expunged, removing a barrier to employment.
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Criminal Justice
July 31, 2019
Michigan Enacts Civil Asset Forfeiture Reforms
New statutes prohibit police officers from seizing property for suspected drug crimes without first obtaining a conviction or plea agreement.
Criminal Justice
June 20, 2019
Michigan House Considers Reforming ‘Good Moral Character’ Clauses
Overly broad morals clauses can create a barrier to gainful employment.
Criminal Justice
June 7, 2019
Utah ‘Clean Slate’ Law Will Expunge Convictions for Nonviolent Offenses
Measure passed unanimously by state legislature automates the process of expunging criminal records.

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Criminal Justice
April 13, 2020
By Kelsey Hackem
Tyson Timbs has been trying to recover a Land Rover seized by police in connection with his arrest for a drug offense in 2013.
March 26, 2020
By Joe Barnett
State and local governments Implement Inconsistent Policies on Gun Sales
December 28, 2019
By Bonner R. Cohen
Thousands of criminal convictions will be expunged, removing a barrier to employment.
July 31, 2019
By Jake Grant
New statutes prohibit police officers from seizing property for suspected drug crimes without first obtaining a conviction or plea agreement.
June 20, 2019
By Jeff Reynolds
Overly broad morals clauses can create a barrier to gainful employment.
June 7, 2019
By Jake Grant
Measure passed unanimously by state legislature automates the process of expunging criminal records.
May 22, 2019
By Joe Barnett
H.R. 2538 would establish a Child Safety Account (CSA) program in the District of Columbia.
May 21, 2019
By Sarah Quinlan
Colorado has enacted a law eliminating pretrial bail for cases involving minor offenses.
April 4, 2019
By Owen Macaulay
Proposed law would require probable cause for civil asset forfeiture
March 21, 2019
Texas’ current civil asset forfeiture laws are rated among the worst in the nation.
March 19, 2019
By Ashley Herzog
The legislation would provide immunity from civil lawsuits by the perpetrators of violent crimes.
March 18, 2019
By Sarah Quinlan
'Red Flag' laws raise concerns about constitutional rights
March 13, 2019
By Jeff Reynolds
civil asset forfeiture laws allow the police to confiscate property
March 4, 2019
By Owen Macaulay
DOJ reverses its 2011 opinion that the law applies only to sports betting
February 15, 2019
By Joe Barnett
Voters in Washington State approved a ballot measure that imposes restrictions on firearms ownership, including raising the minimum age to purchase semiautomatic rifles from 18 to 21 years.
January 17, 2019
By Sarah Quinlan
One of the largest reforms of the federal criminal justice system in generations is now law.
January 8, 2019
By Kenneth Artz
State laws fail to consider ability to pay
December 3, 2018
By Sarah Quinlan
Lawsuit challenges New York City ordinance restricting firearms transportation
November 27, 2018
By Kenneth Artz
Mississippi officials will return property improperly seized under the state’s now-defunct civil asset forfeiture law.
October 12, 2018
By Owen Macaulay
The city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania backed down from a four-year-old lawsuit filed by the Institute for Justice.
June 11, 2018
By Owen Macaulay
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed a bill protecting residents’ constitutional rights to property and due process.
June 11, 2018
By Nolan Ryan
The Illinois General Assembly approved a bill that would allow law enforcement personnel to use drones to observe certain public gatherings without obtaining permission from a judge.
March 6, 2018
By Benjamin Dietderich
The Alabama state Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill to restrict the ability of local and state police to take ownership of citizens’ property without a criminal conviction.
December 3, 2017
By Joshua Paladino
A group of U.S. Senators is calling on Senate Rules and Administration Committee Chairman Richard Shelby (R-AL) to deny funding for Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ expansion of the federal government’s civil asset forfeiture program.
August 30, 2017
By Andy Singer
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is reinstating a U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) program enabling local law enforcement agencies to circumvent state laws restricting civil asset forfeiture by laundering forfeited assets and money.
August 7, 2017
By Kenneth Artz
Under orders from Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Federal prosecutors are no longer allowed to force companies to make payouts to outside groups under settlement agreements with the Department of Justice.
July 24, 2017
By Lindsey Schulenburg
The Wisconsin Senate Committee on Labor and Regulatory Reform is considering a bill to reform the state’s laws on civil asset forfeiture.
July 14, 2017
By Bonner R. Cohen
A new Oklahoma law imposes significant penalties, including fines and imprisonment, on people and organizations involved in trespassing and other unlawful acts against oil and gas pipelines and related energy infrastructure.
June 10, 2017
By Joshua Paladino
Starting in July, Iowa residents will enjoy greater protection from local and state government agencies that want to seize and keep citizens’ property without criminal convictions through a process called civil-asset forfeiture.
April 27, 2017
By Michael McGrady
A U.S. House Judiciary subcommittee is considering the Geolocational Privacy and Surveillance Act (GPS Act), a bill to reform and standardize government law enforcement agencies’ surveillance of individuals’ cell phones and digital devices.
April 26, 2017
By Matt Hurley
The U.S. House of Representatives is considering a bill to change how the federal government spends the proceeds from local and state law-enforcement agencies’ use of civil asset forfeiture.
March 31, 2017
By Michael McGrady
The 2017 Stop Settlement Slush Funds Act would block the U.S. Department of Justice from requiring defendants being prosecuted by the Federal government who accept a settlement agreement to make donations to third-party organizations.
March 2, 2017
By Justin Haskins
Research reveals the world's largest search engine is refusing to remove videos claiming to show drugged women being raped.
March 1, 2017
By Matt Hurley
Wisconsin state Sen. David Craig (R-Town of Vernon) is sponsoring a bill that would restrict local and state government agencies’ ability to take citizens’ property without criminal convictions under a process called civil-asset forfeiture.
January 21, 2017
By Judy Allen
The Indiana General Assembly is considering reforming its laws permitting governments to take ownership of people’s cash and property without first proving they were used in the commission of a crime.
January 21, 2017
By Dustin Siggins
Dallas, Texas Mayor Mike Rawlings (D) is requesting a criminal investigation of the city’s government pension fund program after the government employees’ union rejected reforms proposed to rescue the fund from insolvency.
December 19, 2016
By Lindsey Curnutte
Ohio lawmakers approved a bill restricting local and state government police agencies’ ability to take ownership of and profit from citizens’ property taken without a criminal conviction.
December 15, 2016
By Marybeth Glenn
A Stockton, California woman is being prosecuted by the county government because she sold a traditional food dish without government permission.
November 9, 2016
By Marybeth Glenn
A Washington State couple is suing a county government in Arizona for initially refusing to return their property because of alleged paperwork errors.
September 30, 2016
By Jeff Reynolds
California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed a bill into law restricting local and state government police agencies’ ability to participate in a federal program distributing assets and property seized from citizens without criminal charges or search warrants.