5 things we learned from the civil forfeiture investigation

A team of reporters from the USA TODAY Network in South Carolina spent two years investigating the state’s civil asset forfeiture system, with police seizing cash and property from people and making millions. Citizens don’t have easy recourse to regain their money and property, because it all takes place under civil law, without court-appointed attorneys. Most states, including South Carolina, have no oversight into how often police seize money from people, who they seize it from or how much law enforcement profits…