Michigan May Stop Police From Seizing Property Without Getting a Conviction First

In 2017, Michigan police seized property from nearly 1,000 people who were never convicted of a crime. Some of them were never even arrested. Those numbers—the result of new reporting requirements passed by the state in 2015—have spurred a bipartisan push among Michigan lawmakers to further restrict the practice of civil asset forfeiture, which allows police to seize cash and property suspected of being connected to criminal activity, even if the owner is never convicted, or sometimes never charged, with a crime…