U.S. Justice Action Network Applauds Michigan Legislature for Passing Reform to Civil Asset Forfeiture Process

Bipartisan Organization Praises Rep. Peter Lucido for Championing Legislation H.B. 4629 Removes Financial Barrier to Fight for Seized Property Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Justice Action Network, the largest bipartisan organization working to reform the justice system in Michigan and on the national stage, applauds the Michigan Senate for passing H.B. 4629, which removes the cash bond requirement for Michigan property …

Ohio Senate Passes Reforms to Asset Forfeiture Process

The U.S. Justice Action Network, the largest bipartisan group working to reform the justice system in Ohio and nationally, commends the Ohio Senate for unanimously approving H.B. 347 which reforms the civil asset forfeiture process and strengthens protections for Ohio property owners. Holly Harris, Executive Director of the U.S. Justice Action Network: “We applaud Representatives Rob McColley and Tom Brinkman …

Sen. Bieda, Former Majority Leader Sikkema Urge Michigan Legislators to Pass Comprehensive Justice Reform

Step Up and Get This Done’, Lawmakers Told  Reforms Will Increase Public Safety, Reduce Taxpayer Costs Washington, D.C. – Today, State Senator Steve Bieda (D-9) and former Senate Majority Leader Ken Sikkema (R) joined FreedomWorks and the U.S. Justice Action Network in calling for immediate action on justice reform legislation, including the legislative package sponsored by Sen. John Proos, currently …

Cincinnati Enquirer Op-Ed: Ohio Bill Would Curb Assault on Property Rights

This week, the Cincinnati Enquirer published a piece by Michael Hough, Senior Policy Adviser with the Faith & Freedom Coalition and Daniel Dew, Criminal Justice Fellow with the Buckeye Institute. In it, they call on the Ohio Senate not to let another year go by while Ohioans are deprived of their due process rights and to pass HB 347. Excerpts are provided below, …

Ohioans Inundate Lawmakers With Calls for Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform

In Ohio, the collective effort to pass reforms to the civil asset forfeiture system continues to engage all sides. State Senators Kris Jordan (R-19) and Cecil Thomas (D-9) recently joined FreedomWorks President and CEO Adam Brandon and U.S. Justice Action Network Executive Director Holly Harris to call for the passage of H.B. 347. There is widespread support for action in Ohio – …

Pennsylvania Takes First Steps To Reform Civil Asset Forfeiture System

September 28, 2016 Along with our sister organization Fix Forfeiture, we would like to commend the Pennsylvania Senate for passing SB 869 – reforms to the civil asset forfeiture process – on a 42-8 bipartisan vote. The bill streamlines into one law the asset forfeiture practices currently scattered across several sections of code and puts the burden of proof of criminal activity on …

Ohio Editorials Highlight Fix Forfeiture’s Role in Civil Asset Forfeiture Reforms

Reforms to Ohio’s civil asset forfeiture procedures passed the state House of Representatives on May 25 with an overwhelming 72-25 bipartisan vote. This legislation strengthens protections for Ohio property owners and ensures property seized by a government agency cannot be forfeited without due process of law. It moves now to the Senate for approval. Recent editorials in Ohio newspapers have emphasized the …

USJAN Praises Ohio House for Passing Civil Asset Forfeiture Reforms

May 25, 2016 The Ohio House of Representatives passed with an overwhelming 67-24 bipartisan vote HB 347– legislation that would reform the civil asset forfeiture process, which currently allows agents of the government to seize and forfeit property from individuals who are never even charged with a crime. This legislation strengthens protections for Ohio property owners and ensures property seized by a …

USJAN Commends House Judiciary Committee for Passing Asset Forfeiture Reform

May 25, 2016 Today, our 8 bipartisan partner organizations signaled their support for the civil asset forfeiture reform legislation that passed the House Judiciary Committee in a bipartisan vote. In a letter co-signed by our partner organizations to Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte, the organization commended Chairman Goodlatte and Ranking Member John Conyers for taking up the Due Process Act of 2016, introduced by Rep. …