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Taking Down Philadelphia's Asset Forfeiture Racket

• https://fee.org by Mark J Perry

From today's Institute for Justice press release "Institute for Justice Dismantles Philadelphia Forfeiture Machine":

The Institute for Justice (IJ) today announced a major settlement with the city of Philadelphia, ending the city's draconian civil forfeiture machine. In documents filed with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania today, city officials agreed to a set of reforms that will end the perverse financial incentives under which law enforcement keeps and uses forfeiture revenue, fundamentally reform procedures for seizing and forfeiting property, and establish a $3 million fund to compensate innocent people whose property was wrongly confiscated. These sweeping reforms are the result of the Institute for Justice's class-action lawsuit that it has litigated over the past four years.

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