Alabama Senate passes civil asset forfeiture reform bill SB210, which now heads to the House

The Alabama Senate on Tuesday unanimously passed a bill that would reform the state’s civil asset forfeiture law.

Sponsored by Sen. Arthur Orr (R-Decatur), the compromise version of SB 210 passed by the upper chamber was supported by the Alabama District Attorneys Association and law enforcement.

The purpose of the bill is ultimately threefold: deter criminal drug activity by reducing its economic incentives; confiscate property used in violation of law and disgorge the fruits of illegal conduct relating to drug offenses; and protect the due process rights of property owners.