How Civil Forfeiture Benefits Law Enforcement In South Carolina And Who It Targets

Civil forfeiture is a tool law enforcement uses to seize cash and other goods involved in crime and putting them back into fighting more crime. It’s also a big revenue stream for many law enforcement agencies in South Carolina.

An investigation by the Greenville News and Andersen Independent Mail found civil forfeiture brought in $17 million over three years for agencies across the state. Another finding, nearly one-fifth of the people who had their assets seized weren’t charged with a crime.