With civil asset forfeitures, Texas law enforcement reaps big rewards

Crime may not pay, but its pursuit can yield big rewards via civil asset forfeitures, a practice through which government takes ownership of real or personal property allegedly connected to criminal activity but not requiring the criminal activity to be alleged, much less proven. Texas has a long history of such actions, and a new Institute for Justice report gives the state continued bad marks.

In its second “Policing for Profit” report, the self-proclaimed “national law firm of liberty” calls Texas’ civil forfeitures “terrible.”  The state earned a D+ grade – up from a D in the first report – due to its low bar for forfeiture as well as for such actions not requiring criminal convictions.

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