We Applaud the Michigan Senate for Unanimous Passage of Civil Asset Forfeiture Reforms

We applaud the Michigan Senate for their actions today, passing unanimously a package of bills that will make the state’s civil asset forfeiture process clearer and fairer.

Fix Forfeiture has brought together eight of the most well-respected progressive and conservative organizations to reform civil asset forfeiture in Michigan and across the country, and we’re glad to see this welcome step towards reform.

As Holly Harris, Executive Director of Fix Forfeiture said in her statement today:

“It is said that sunshine is the best disinfectant and today the Michigan Senate put a bright light on their state’s civil asset forfeiture procedure, which will go a long way in protecting innocent property owners. Now the state will have a uniform reporting system, bringing transparency and ultimately fairness to the process. We applaud their united action and the leadership of Chairmen Rick Jones and Klint Kesto to get the legislation to this point. We look forward to Governor Rick Syder’s signature to make this bill Michigan law.”

Additional media coverage:

  1. The Detroit News – Senate passes bills making property seizures harder
  2. AP: Legislature OKs changes in police confiscation of assets
  3. Fox 17 (West Michigan) – Civil asset forfeiture reform bills pass unanimously
  4. Detroit Free Press – Legislature OKs changes in police confiscation of assets
  5. MLive.com – Forfeiture package sails through Michigan Legislature, requiring police to disclose profits
  6. Michigan Public Radio – Forfeiture reform bills sent to Governor Snyder