The Issue — Federal Overview

As states across the country are tackling civil asset forfeiture reform, national leaders are taking note — both within President Obama’s administration and on Capitol Hill.

The Senate Judiciary Committee has begun holding hearings on civil asset forfeiture and a bill taking steps to reform the practice is likely to be introduced by Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa). In addition, Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) and Congressman Tim Walberg (R-Michigan) introduced the Fifth Amendment Integrity Restoration Act, which would eliminate the profit motive underlying civil asset forfeiture.

At the beginning of 2015, then-Attorney General Holder announced two changes to the Department of Justice’s Asset Forfeiture Program that would limit the adoption of assets seized by state and local law enforcement and place a higher threshold for when Internal Revenue Service can seize funds relating to financial crimes.

Both the Department of Justice and the White House have held meetings with criminal justice reform advocates, including the Coalition for Public Safety, demonstrating a real will to take additional steps to protect American’s across the country from abuses of the system.

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