October 21, 2019
Massachusetts should move to require convictions in order to seize forfeited property and divert forfeited proceeds to programs including rehabilitation, medication-assisted treatment and drug courts to address rising costs of the opioid epidemic.
October 9, 2019
The opioid epidemic has cost Ohio's economy $71.7 billion, diverting criminal asset forfeitures to programs including rehab, medication, and drug court, could help reduce costs.
October 7, 2019
West Virginia lawmakers should reform their existing civil asset forfeiture laws to criminal asset forfeiture and use forfeited proceeds for rehabilitation, medication-assisted treatment, and court expenses to address the state's opioid epidemic.
October 2, 2019
Mackinac Center for Public Policy Testimony before the Michigan House Judiciary Committee
September 20, 2019
Maine should reform its current civil asset forfeiture laws to "criminal asset forfeiture" and divert seized proceeds to programs including drug rehabilitation, counseling, and criminal court, and other programs aimed at decreasing opioid abuse.
July 31, 2019
New statutes prohibit police officers from seizing property for suspected drug crimes without first obtaining a conviction or plea agreement.
July 26, 2019
Validity of the Initiative Petition Entitled "Prohibits possession of defined assault weapons."
June 20, 2019
Overly broad morals clauses can create a barrier to gainful employment.
June 7, 2019
Measure passed unanimously by state legislature automates the process of expunging criminal records.
May 22, 2019
H.R. 2538 would establish a Child Safety Account (CSA) program in the District of Columbia.
May 21, 2019
Colorado has enacted a law eliminating pretrial bail for cases involving minor offenses.
April 8, 2019
High state occupational licensing barriers are associated with prisoners re-offending
April 4, 2019
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
The legislation would provide immunity from civil lawsuits by the perpetrators of violent crimes.
March 18, 2019
'Red Flag' laws raise concerns about constitutional rights
March 13, 2019
civil asset forfeiture laws allow the police to confiscate property
March 7, 2019
In this Research & Commentary, Matthew Glans examines a new bill that has been introduced in the Michigan legislature that would limit the potential for civil asset forfeiture abuse.
March 4, 2019
DOJ reverses its 2011 opinion that the law applies only to sports betting
February 20, 2019
The unanimous court decision in Timbs v. Indiana was based on the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments
February 15, 2019
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.
February 8, 2019
In this Research & Commentary, Matthew Glans examines several criminal justice reforms in Mississippi that would help ex-offenders reenter society and the workforce.
January 24, 2019
In this Research & Commentary, Matthew Glans examines a proposal in Texas that would end civil asset forfeiture in the state.
January 17, 2019
One of the largest reforms of the federal criminal justice system in generations is now law.
January 9, 2019
IJ Attorneys File Complaint Claiming Violation of First Amendment Rights
January 8, 2019
State laws fail to consider ability to pay
December 28, 2018
More than a dozen states have passed extreme risk protection order laws
December 19, 2018
In this Research & Commentary, Matthew Glans examines a proposal in Texas that would reform the state's civil asset forfeiture laws.
December 3, 2018
Lawsuit challenges New York City ordinance restricting firearms transportation
November 28, 2018
Institute for Justice argues civil asset forfeiture law violates Constitution
November 27, 2018
Mississippi officials will return property improperly seized under the state’s now-defunct civil asset forfeiture law.
November 7, 2018
In this Research & Commentary, Matthew Glans discusses how states are attempting to assist former offenders reentering society by reforming licensing barriers and ending blanket bans for some ex-offenders.
November 2, 2018
DOJ reverses a 2011 U.S. Department of Justice Opinion that the Wire Act applies only to betting on sporting events.
October 12, 2018
The city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania backed down from a four-year-old lawsuit filed by the Institute for Justice.
August 17, 2018
In this Research & Commentary, Matthew Glans examines North Dakota's egregious civil asset forfeiture laws and the need for reform.
June 11, 2018
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed a bill protecting residents’ constitutional rights to property and due process.
June 11, 2018
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 27, 2018
In this Research & Commentary, Matthew Glans discusses proposed legislation in Tennessee that would reform the state's civil asset forfeiture laws.
March 13, 2018
In this Research & Commentary, Lindsey Stroud examines a proposal in Kansas reforming the state's civil asset forfeiture laws.
March 6, 2018
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.