AL SheriffsandDAs: No Incentive to Enforce the Law if We Can’t Keep the Funds

In January, Republican state senators in Alabama introduced legislation to reform civil forfeiture. The bill makes the radical suggestion that property rights cannot be taken away without due process. (Under current practice, property can be seized without charge, let alone conviction, and the defendant needs to prove innocence at great cost to get it back.) It also aims to curb abuses by directing what does get seized to the state’s General Fund, rather than to the police departments themselves, thereby ending a practice that has been called ‘Policing for Profit’. The Alabama Sheriffs Association and Alabama District Attorney’s Association are not
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Author: Jibran Khan