Changes in the 2019 version include eliminating a $10,000 vehicular minimum seizure threshold in response to law enforcement's concerns that less valuable vehicles could be used in the commission of crimes; aligning the asset forfeiture
system with the state's management of abandoned and lost property; and providing tools for municipalities to comply with enhanced reporting and transparency requirements.
Maryland restricted civil asset forfeitures
, the process by which law enforcement can seize property connected to a criminal investigation with or without criminal charges, in 2015 and 2016 legislation.
In December, Detroit resident Crystal Sisson filed a federal class-action civil rights lawsuit challenging the aggressive asset forfeiture
program in Wayne County, Michigan.
But for the AG's Office, it's more than just a realization that civil asset forfeiture
is not a reliable source of income.
Hyde sponsored the Civil Asset Forfeiture
Reform Act of 2000 (CAFRA).
Proponents of asset forfeiture
argue that it provides an effective tool in the fight against drug crime and provides vital funding for fighting a broader range of crime.
curb abuses in civil asset forfeiture
. For example, the IRS announced
Based in New York, Levin served for 19 years as chief of the Money Laundering and Asset Forfeiture
Unit in the U.S.
The bipartisan bill would give state-compliant cannabis businesses access to the banking system by protecting financial institutions against prosecution or asset forfeiture
for providing services to those businesses.
When asset forfeiture
is partly punitive, it is subject to an excessive fines analysis.
In June, AlterNet's Aaron Cant" outlined how civil asset forfeiture
The seizure was part of a $17.8 million asset forfeiture
action last year that included cash and cars linked to Stuart.