Michigan: Fewer civil asset forfeiture seizures in 2019, but advocates push for more reform

The 2019 civil asset forfeiture report released by Michigan State Police shows that more than $12 million in cash and other assets were forfeited to local governments and police agencies last year by people accused, but not necessarily convicted of, a crime.

A 2019 measure signed into law by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer that went into effect Aug. 7, 2019, required a criminal conviction before some property seized under the Public Health Code can be forfeited.

It’s not clear what effect the reform had because it was enacted midway through the report’s time frame.