Reason: Majority of States Lack Transparency on Asset Forfeiture by C.J. Ciaramella:
Want to know how much stuff police are seizing from people and where all that money goes? Good luck.
Asset forfeiture programs in the majority of states across the country suffer from a lack of transparency and accountability, leaving the public in the dark about how much property police seize from citizens and where those proceeds go, the Institute for Justice, a libertarian-leaning public interest law firm, said in a report released Tuesday.
According to the report, 26 states have little to no transparency requirements surrounding asset forfeiture, and 14 of those states “do not appear to require any form of property tracking, leaving in doubt even such basic questions as what was seized and how much it was worth, who seized it, when it was seized, where it was seized, and why it was seized.” The rest of the states aren’t much better.