U.S. Justice Action Network Commends Governor Branstad for Strengthening Iowans’ Property Rights

Washington, D.C. – Today, Governor Terry Branstad sided with Iowa property owners by signing civil asset forfeiture reforms into law. Branstad strengthened property protections for Iowans by signing legislation requiring the government to 1) secure a criminal conviction for forfeiture of property below $5,000 and 2) present greater evidence for forfeitures above that amount. The legislation also shifts the burden of …

Thanks to Pennsylvania Senate, Stronger Property Rights Are Within Reach

Today the U.S. Justice Action Network, the largest bipartisan organization working to reform the justice system in Pennsylvania and around the country, thanks the Pennsylvania Senate for taking the first step towards protecting Pennsylvanians’ due process and property rights. Legislation that updates the state’s civil asset forfeiture laws (SB 8) passed the Senate with a strong bipartisan vote of 39-10.  SB …

Thank You, Governor Ducey, for Protecting Arizonans’ Property Rights

Governor Doug Ducey today stood with almost every single legislator in the Statehouse and the majority of Arizona voters, and signed civil asset forfeiture reforms in law. With his pen, he raised the burden of proof for forfeitures in the state and dramatically expanded transparency into the process, ensuring property owners have more protections. The U.S. Justice Action Network hailed …

Over to You, Governor Branstad: Legislature Approves Steps To Protect Innocent Citizens From Unjust Property Forfeitures

The U.S. Justice Action Network, the largest bipartisan organization working to reform the justice system in Iowa and across the country, applauded the Iowa legislature for approving reforms to the civil asset forfeiture process by sending SF 446 to the governor’s desk for final signature The legislation requires a criminal conviction for property valued below $5,000, indexed to inflation. It will …

Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Approved by Arizona Legislature

The U.S. Justice Action Network, the largest bipartisan group working to reform the justice system in Arizona and around the country, applauds the Arizona Senate and House of Representatives for passing HB 2477, sponsored by Representative Eddie Farnsworth. The legislation received concurrence today in the House and now awaits action by Governor Doug Ducey. The bill will increase the proof …

NEW POLL: Overwhelming Majority of Arizona Voters Support Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform

73% of Arizona Voters Believe Civil Asset Forfeiture Needs Reform **View Full Results Here** The U.S. Justice Action Network, the largest bipartisan group working to reform the justice system in Arizona and around the country, today released new polling, which showed a majority of voters across Arizona support civil asset forfeiture reform and protecting the rights of property owners. The …

Daily Signal Op-Ed: At Odds With History: States Seize Control of Civil Asset Forfeiture

The Daily Signal today published an op-ed from Jenna Moll, Deputy Director at the U.S. Justice Action Network about reforming civil asset forfeiture processes. The piece highlights Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas’ recent statements casting doubt on whether current forfeiture practices meet the standard set by historical practice, and examines the progress being made at the state level to protect property rights. Excerpts …

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 …