Time to revisit the Massachusetts state civil forfeiture law

Massachusetts’ civil forfeiture law has been the subject of criticism for years. Back in 2017, the state had the dubious distinction of being one of only two states to receive a failing grade for its civil forfeiture scheme from the Institute for Justice, a nonprofit public interest law firm. Now the Legislature has established a Special Commission on Civil Asset Forfeiture to study forfeiture policies and practices in Massachusetts…