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"Report Shows Kansas Law Enforcement Seized $21 Million From People, Most Of Whom Were Never Charged With Crimes," by Tim Cushing, Techdirt, June 13, 2022
"Boston City Council resolution urges state to reform civil forfeiture laws," by Saurabh Datar, WBUR, May 04, 2022
"Kansas law enforcement routinely produces error-filled reports on seized cash and property," by Duane Schrag, Kansas Reflector, April 17, 2022
"Police Seized Almost $10,000 From Him. A Court Ruled He Had No Right to an Attorney.," by Billy Binion, Reason, April 01, 2022
"Kansas and California Cops Used Civil Forfeiture to Stage Armored Car Heists, Stealing Money Earned by Licensed Marijuana Businesses," by Jacob Sullum, Reason, January 18, 2022
"FBI says fortune seized in Beverly Hills raid was criminals’ loot. Owners say: Where’s the proof?," by Michael Finnegan, Los Angeles Times, September 19, 2021
"Mayor Lightfoot’s plan to use asset forfeiture to curb violence looks like an empty move," Editorial Board, Chicago Sun-Times, September 15, 2021
"Lawsuit Challenging Houston Asset Forfeiture Program Says Police Use Stock Language To Seize Cash Without Probable Cause," by C.J. Ciaramella, Reason, September 02, 2021
"This State’s Legislators Want to Overhaul the System That Lets Law Enforcement Keep People’s Money," by Shannon Dooling and Saurabh Datar, WBUR, ProPublica, August 30, 2021
"It's Easy For Police To Seize Money. Worcester's District Attorney Makes It Hard To Get It Back," by Saurabh Datar and Shannon Dooling, WBUR, August 18, 2021
"How Civil Asset Forfeiture Turns Authorities into ‘Bounty Hunters’," by Eva Herscowitz, The Crime Report, July 16, 2021
"Maine Abolishes Civil Forfeiture, Now Requires A Criminal Conviction To Take Property," by Nick Sibilla, Forbes, July 14, 2021
"Editorial: Guilty Until Proven Innocent," by The Editorial Board, Wall Street Journal, July 07, 2021
"Judge Temporarily Stops the FBI From Seizing the Contents of Private Vaults," by Matthew Gault, VICE, June 23, 2021
"Asset Forfeiture Creates 'Perverse Incentive To Police For Profit'," by Jason deBruyn and David Boraks, WUNC, June 15, 2021