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.
March 2, 2018
In this Research & Commentary, Lindsey Stroud examines a proposal to reform South Carolina's civil asset forfeiture laws.
February 26, 2018
In this Research & Commentary, Matthew Glans examines a series of bills in the Washington State Legislature that would add new limits and transparency standards to the state’s civil asset forfeiture laws.
February 20, 2018
In this testimony before the Wisconsin State Affairs Committee, Lindsey Stroud argues the merits to legislation reforming the state's civil asset forfeiture laws.
February 16, 2018
In this Research & Commentary, Matthew Glans examines a new bill introduced in the Michigan Legislature that would prohibit civil asset forfeitures unless a suspect is found guilty of a crime in court.
February 6, 2018
In this Policy Tip Sheet, Matthew Glans examines civil asset forfeiture and outlines several ways states can improve their forfeiture laws.
January 17, 2018
In this Research & Commentary, Matthew Glans examines a new bill in Alabama that would reform the state's civil asset forfeiture laws.
December 3, 2017
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.
October 13, 2017
In this Research & Commentary, Matthew Glans examines civil asset forfeiture and the potential for reform in Virginia.
August 30, 2017
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
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 27, 2017
In this Research & Commentary, Matthew Glans examines civil asset forfeiture laws and recent efforts at the federal level to solidify rules allowing seizure to occur, which could have a negative effect on individual property rights.
July 24, 2017
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
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 14, 2017
In this Research & Commentary, Matthew Glans examines the federal equitable sharing program, civil asset forfeiture and a new call for reform.
June 10, 2017
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.
May 30, 2017
In this testimony before the Wisconsin Senate Committee on Labor and Regulatory Reform Jesse Hathaway discusses civil asset forfeiture and how Wisconsin could lead the national in positive forfeiture reform.
May 1, 2017
In this Research & Commentary, Matthew Glans examines a proposal in Colorado that would require law enforcement agencies to accurately track how and why they seized property from suspected criminals and how they used the proceeds.
April 27, 2017
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
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
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 9, 2017
In this Research & Commentary, Matthew Glans examines proposed reforms to Indiana's civil asset forfeiture laws and the need for continued improvement.
March 2, 2017
Research reveals the world's largest search engine is refusing to remove videos claiming to show drugged women being raped.
March 1, 2017
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.
February 1, 2017
In this Research & Commentary, Matthew Glans examines civil asset forfeiture reform and the renewed effort in Wisconsin to strengthen their forfeiture laws.
January 21, 2017
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
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.
January 10, 2017
In this testimony, Jesse Hathaway discusses how civil asset forfeiture reform will help Indiana lead the nation in criminal justice reform and set an example states can use to implement similar reforms.
December 19, 2016
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
A Stockton, California woman is being prosecuted by the county government because she sold a traditional food dish without government permission.
November 9, 2016
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
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.
August 23, 2016
A Heritage Foundation Backgrounder examining how states a reevaluating their civil asset forfeiture laws.
June 1, 2016
Today because of the war on drugs there are many people in jail who are non-violent offenders serving long sentences for having small amounts of drugs.