In Georgia, law enforcement can seize and keep property suspected of involvement in criminal activity. Unlike criminal forfeiture, with civil forfeiture, a property owner need not be found guilty of a crime – or even charged – to permanently lose her cash, car, home or other property.
Plus, law enforcement gets to keep all of the proceeds of forfeiture, creating a perverse incentive to “police for profit.” This is all made worse by a complete lack of public accountability on what is seized and how proceeds are spent.
H.B. 1 is a modest reform that will increase public oversight over civil forfeiture. But the bill is far from perfect. Read more about H.B. 1 here.
Contact your elected officials TODAY
and tell them that you support the reporting requirements of H.B. 1, but you strongly support further reforms that would better protect property owners from civil forfeiture abuse.
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