It’s no secret there’s something amiss in our criminal justice system. For years now, poll after poll has demonstrated growing support among Americans for criminal justice reform of some sort. But too often our national conversation about criminal justice reform has focused on a small set of issues. We need such reform to tackle not just the symptoms of a broken system, but also the perverse incentive structures that broke the system.
One of those structures is the way state and local law enforcement agencies handle civil asset forfeiture.