It Is Time for Connecticut to Do Away With Civil Asset Forfeiture

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It Is Time for Connecticut to Do Away With Civil Asset Forfeiture

Civil asset forfeiture is not necessary for police to do their jobs properly, nor is it necessary for the protection of public safety.

In Connecticut, an individual’s property or cash may be forfeited by the state even if they have not been convicted or even accused of committing any crime. It’s called civil asset forfeiture. Civil asset forfeiture is different from criminal asset forfeiture, which requires the state to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that a person has committed a crime before their property or cash can be forfeited. With civil asset forfeiture, no criminal conviction is required.

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Lauren Krisai

Lauren Krisai is director of criminal justice reform research at Reason Foundation.