Nevada Bill AB200 would curb policing for profit by limiting civil asset forfeiture

A bill being considered by lawmakers in Carson City would end the current practice by law enforcement of seizing property suspected of being used in a crime by using civil law, rather than criminal law, and keeping the proceeds of the seized property for themselves — pejoratively labeled policing for profit.

Assembly Bill 200 would require all seizures to be handled in a criminal case and require proof of a criminal conviction or plea agreement. Also the property or proceeds from its sale would go to education, not the police agency that seized it.

In the past, several Nevada law enforcement agencies have seized cash suspected of being drug profits without even charging anyone with a crime.