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Episode 22 (Criminal Justice): Civil Asset Forfeiture: Law enforcement asset or abuse?

Episode 22 (Criminal Justice): Civil Asset Forfeiture: Law enforcement asset or abuse?

Civil asset forfeiture is a legal tool that permits law enforcement officials to seize property and assets that they say has been involved in criminal activity. The owner of the property doesn’t need to be guilty of a crime: Civil asset forfeiture proceedings charge the property itself with involvement in a crime. This means that police can seize your car, home, or money without ever having to charge you with a crime. Is law enforcement using this to seize property, from innocent citizens, as a means to boost operating revenue in a time when law enforcement budgets are financially strapped? Listen to analyze these questions, and to learn about the positive aspects of civil asset forfeiture, in this Tampa Professor Podcast.

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