What is the justification to seize and keep property in Mississippi?

When Mississippi law enforcement agencies want to keep property they have seized from a property owner, they now have to prove to a judge that the property is connected to crime.

In a deeper analysis by the Mississippi Center for Public Policy of the state’s asset forfeiture database, 135 of 315 seizures listed in the first 18 months of the database had neither proximity to drugs or distribution of paraphernalia or funds directly traceable to the drug trade. That means 42.9 percent of all forfeitures were considered to be catch-all violations of the state’s Controlled Substances Act without any of the above justifications.

Right now, the state only has civil asset forfeiture which requires judicial oversight, but that could change.