According to a presentation to lawmakers from the Justice Action Network, a bipartisan group focused on national and state level criminal justice reform, 33 states have updated their laws for civil asset forfeiture since 2014.
That’s referring to an action law enforcement can take to seize property that might be involved with criminal enterprises.
The process requires the lowest level of proof from law enforcement, and it’s expensive for the accused to obtain the legal action necessary to obtain their property back. Property can be seized with or without a criminal conviction.
Civil asset forfeiture officially dates back to the 1980s ‘War on Drugs.’