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    DOJ Report Uncovers $15,624 in Questionable Police Expenditures

    A recent Department of Justice (DOJ) inspector general’s audit of the Lansing, Michigan, police department questioned $15,624 in expenditures from 2009 to 2012. The money wound up in Lansing by way of the DOJ’s equitable sharing program, a cooperative civil forfeiture program designed “to enhance cooperation among federal, state, and … More

    Bail Bond Bait and Switch: Police Seize Money from Innocent Mother

    As much as 90 percent of the currency circulating throughout the United States contains trace amounts of cocaine. No one would expect the police to claim someone’s money must be “dirty” based on trace presence of drugs alone. But that is exactly what law enforcement officers in Brown County, Wisconsin, … More

    Help! The Government Took My Property

    What if government officials took your property and told you that they could keep it—even if you had done nothing wrong? That’s exactly what happened to Terry Dehko, a victim of civil asset forfeiture. Dehko is an immigrant owner of a grocery store who fled to the U.S. to escape … More

    Defunding COPS: Eliminating a Wasteful and Ineffective Grant Program

    The House of Representatives Appropriations Committee marked up the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill for fiscal year 2014 last week. While the bill still allocates too much funding for activities that are duplicative or inappropriate for the federal government to undertake, the committee did get something right: … More

    Better Late Than Never: LA Times Recognizes Arizona Isn’t the Only State Battling Illegal Immigration

    According to The Los Angeles Times many states have enacted laws similar to the Arizona law aimed at curbing activities related to illegal immigration. Though late at coming to that conclusion, the Times is right. As extensively cataloged in Controlling Illegal Immigration: State and Local Governments Must Do More, over … More

    The GAO, ICE, and Mohammad Atta

    Last week the Government Accountability Offices (GAO) released a report calling for better oversight of the Immigrations and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) 287(g) state and local law enforcement training program. We agree that the program could use additional oversight, but the GAO report also recommends a fundamental rethinking of the program … More