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  • Town Hall Meeting in Michigan: Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform

    The people of Royal Oak, Michigan, are working to reform civil asset forfeiture laws—something that is desperately needed across the country to protect innocent people and their property. On Thursday, the Royal Oak Public Library will host a town hall meeting, at which a panel of legislators and experts will … More

    Innocent People Have Their Homes Seized in Philadelphia

    Philadelphia is known as the “City of Brotherly Love,” but for residents who have had their homes seized under the city’s civil forfeiture scheme, it hardly seems brotherly. Sisters Tracy and Sheila Clements lived together in their childhood home bequeathed to them by their mother. On April 21, 2010, their … More

    Grand Theft Auto: D.C. Metro Edition

    Washington, D.C., is often described as being out of touch with the rest of the country. However, our nation’s capital and the rest of the country are in lockstep regarding civil forfeiture—the often-abused ability of the government to seize property involved in crimes. In May 2011, Frederick Simms was pulled … More

    The Motor City Wants Your Car Back: Civil Forfeiture in Detroit

    To most Americans, attending a party at a downtown art institute is a fun, cultural experience. But for the 130 people attending “Funk Night” at the Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit in 2008, a fun night out morphed into a scene out of an action movie. Armor-clad police stormed the … More