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Criminal Justice
March 7, 2019
Research & Commentary: Michigan Considers Partial Reform of Civil Asset Forfeiture
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.
Law
February 20, 2019
Supreme Court: Eighth Amendment Protection Against 'Excessive Fines' Applies to States
The unanimous court decision in Timbs v. Indiana was based on the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments
Employment
February 8, 2019
Research & Commentary: Getting Ex-Offenders Back to Work in Mississippi
In this Research & Commentary, Matthew Glans examines several criminal justice reforms in Mississippi that would help ex-offenders reenter society and the workforce.
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Criminal Justice
January 24, 2019
Research & Commentary: Texas Considers Ending Civil Asset Forfeiture
In this Research & Commentary, Matthew Glans examines a proposal in Texas that would end civil asset forfeiture in the state.
Criminal Justice
January 9, 2019
Cato Institute Sues the Securities & Exchange Commission
IJ Attorneys File Complaint Claiming Violation of First Amendment Rights
Law
December 28, 2018
Do Red Flag Laws Save Lives or Reduce Crime?
More than a dozen states have passed extreme risk protection order laws

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Criminal Justice
July 27, 2017
By Matthew Glans
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.
June 14, 2017
By Matthew Glans
In this Research & Commentary, Matthew Glans examines the federal equitable sharing program, civil asset forfeiture and a new call for reform.
May 30, 2017
By Jesse Hathaway
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
By Matthew Glans
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.
March 9, 2017
By Matthew Glans
In this Research & Commentary, Matthew Glans examines proposed reforms to Indiana's civil asset forfeiture laws and the need for continued improvement.
February 1, 2017
By Matthew Glans
In this Research & Commentary, Matthew Glans examines civil asset forfeiture reform and the renewed effort in Wisconsin to strengthen their forfeiture laws.
January 10, 2017
By Jesse Hathaway
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.
August 23, 2016
By Jason Snead
A Heritage Foundation Backgrounder examining how states a reevaluating their civil asset forfeiture laws.
June 1, 2016
By Shane Harris
June 1, 2016
By Jacob Sullum
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.