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 owners who have to go to court and fight to recover their government-seized property.

Holly Harris, Executive Director, U.S. Justice Action Network: “Today’s success, in the final hours of the legislative session shows the energy and commitment behind common sense reforms to our justice system. Civil asset forfeiture robs Americans of their due process and property rights because it allows the government to take your property when you’ve never even been charged with a crime. Thanks to this bill, Michiganders won’t have to pay to get their day in court to recover their unfairly seized property. We’d like to thank Rep. Peter Lucido for his leadership on this important bipartisan issue, and we look forward to working with him in the coming session to pass further, much needed reforms to the Michigan justice system.”