Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Policing for Profit

The Institute for Justice, a libertarian public interest law firm and public policy advocacy organization, has just issued a fascinating 123-page report.

Forfeiture is a tool of law enforcement that has legitimacy -- after all, after a person is convicted, they should not be allowed to keep what they stole! But too often, the power is not used after a criminal conviction, but only civilly, where the procedures unfairly favor the police. For decades, investigative journalists have documented abuses of the forfeiture tool by law enforcement agencies.

The Institute for Justice has assembled a lot of useful resources on this issue.

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