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Right on Crime | April 7, 2011
A new study from the Institute for Justice—Forfeiting Accountability—has found that local Georgia law enforcement agencies are turning civil forfeiture proceeds into slush funds, hidden from public view. While civil forfeiture laws allow law enforcement to seize property upon the suspicion that it has been used in a criminal activity, Georgia law requires reports to be issued itemizing the property and detailing how it has been used. Unfortunately, only 2 of the 20 law enforcement agencies followed in the study have actually been issuing the required reports. The following video details what the Institute for Justice is doing to protect private property rights in light of Georgia’s civil forfeiture practices.