Model Criminal Forfeiture Law
Replacing Civil Forfeiture and Ending Policing for Profit
- Civil forfeiture is a serious assault by government on cars, cash and other property.
- IJ enlisted prosecutors and defense attorneys to draft a model criminal forfeiture process that state legislators and governors can enact in full or in part.
- This model is an important component to ensure that every American and his property are safe from government abuse.
Model Forfeiture Reporting Law
Providing Data to State Legislators to Monitor Forfeiture
- Civil forfeiture is one of the greatest threats to property rights in the nation.
- Forfeitures often supplement police budgets
- State legislators should demand transparency. IJ’s Model Seizure and Forfeiture Reporting Act is the first step.
- It provides legislators with the information necessary to check members of the executive branch who seize and forfeit property.
Model Anti-Circumvention Forfeiture Law
Protecting State Sovereignty from Federal Overreach
- Under civil forfeiture, law enforcement agencies can permanently confiscate your cash, car, or even your home, without convicting, or even charging you with a crime.
- Some states have acted to protect innocent property owners, a loophole exists
- IJ has drafted model anti-circumvention legislation for state legislators to protect property owners from this abusive program
Are you a victim of Civil Forfeiture?
Civil forfeiture laws allow the government to take cash, cars, homes and other property suspected of being involved in criminal activity.
End Civil Forfeiture
The Institute for Justice aims to curtail, and ultimately, abolish civil forfeiture, one of the gravest abuses of power in the country today. IJ has filed more than two dozen cases challenging civil forfeiture nationwide. In 2019, IJ secured a landmark victory at the U.S. Supreme Court when it ruled unanimously in Timbs v. Indiana that the Eight Amendment’s Excessive Fines Clause protects Americans against state and local forfeitures.