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Law
October 28, 2019
Indiana Supreme Court Opinion: State of Indiana v. Tyson Timbs
"How should courts determine whether a punitive, in rem forfeiture is an excessive fine?"
Criminal Justice
October 21, 2019
Research & Commentary: Massachusetts Should Reform Civil Asset Forfeiture Laws to Address Opioid Epidemic
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.
Criminal Justice
October 9, 2019
Research & Commentary: Further Reforms to Ohio’s Civil Asset Forfeiture Laws Could Address State’s Opioid Crisis
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.
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Criminal Justice
October 7, 2019
Research & Commentary: Reforming West Virginia’s Civil Asset Forfeiture Laws Could Help Address State’s Opioid Epidemic
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.
Criminal Justice
October 2, 2019
Cleaning the Slate: Expungement of Old Criminal Records
Mackinac Center for Public Policy Testimony before the Michigan House Judiciary Committee
Regulation
September 20, 2019
Research & Commentary: Reforming Maine’s Civil Asset Forfeiture Laws Could Help Opioid Epidemic
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.

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Criminal Justice
October 28, 2019
By Chief Justice Loretta H. Rush
"How should courts determine whether a punitive, in rem forfeiture is an excessive fine?"
October 21, 2019
By Heartland Staff
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
By Heartland Staff
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
By Heartland Staff
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
By David Guenthner
Mackinac Center for Public Policy Testimony before the Michigan House Judiciary Committee
September 20, 2019
By Heartland Staff
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 26, 2019
By Ashley Moody
Validity of the Initiative Petition Entitled "Prohibits possession of defined assault weapons."
April 8, 2019
By Samuel Staley
High state occupational licensing barriers are associated with prisoners re-offending
March 7, 2019
By Matthew Glans
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.
February 20, 2019
By U.S. Supreme Court
The unanimous court decision in Timbs v. Indiana was based on the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments