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Civil Asset Forfeiture Restrictions May Soon Become Law

Friday, August 5, 2016   (0 Comments)
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SB 443, authored by Senator Holly Mitchell and supported by CACJ, would require a criminal conviction before police could take permanent action if the property is worth less than $40,000. A recent compromise between the advocates and opponents, on the monetary threshold, has led to major law enforcement groups dropping their opposition to the bill. “The $40,000 threshold is an attempt to balance advocates’ desire that those in poverty don’t lose their property unless they’re convicted of wrongdoing and law enforcement’s interest in preserving its ability to go after large criminal enterprises, Mitchell said.”

The bill is expected to be voted on in the Assembly in the coming days, and will then need approval by the Senate as well as the Governor Brown before it becomes law.

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