Study says asset forfeitures increase with weak economy, but fail to fight crime

A new study says civil asset forfeiture programs don’t help police fight crime. The Institute for Justice says money police departments raise from asset seizures don’t lead to less drug use or more solved crimes. The libertarian group also found when the economy weakens, police seize more property.

“Specifically, the study found, for every one percent increase in unemployment there’s a nine percent increase in forfeiture,” said Lee McGrath, an attorney for the Institute of Justice.

Forfeiture is when law enforcement seizes property it believes is involved in a crime.