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23 May 2011

Asset Forfeiture Abuse: Good For Police, Not So Much For Citizens

One of the perverse incentives that has come out of the Drug War comes from the asset forfeiture laws. These laws allow for police to seize any assets that they suspect may be involved in the drug trade. The perverse incentive comes from the fact that the police department gets to keep those assets. So let me ask this: If the government were to let you personally keep any assets you discovered that might be involved with the drug trade, would you suddenly take a harder look at people who look like they might be involved in drugs? And how many times would you go ahead and make an arrest simply because you would be able to keep the asset? Obviously, there are a significant number of cops out there who would never entertain that notion. But, there are a significant number who would. And do.

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