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20 September 2016 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist

CAF logoIf we want to improve community trust in our police officers, we must reform how civil asset forfeiture is practiced in Utah.

The practice of “asset forfeiture” allows police to seize property believed to be used in connection with criminal activity. However, data from law enforcement agencies reveal that in Utah, the vast majority of individuals who have their property seized by police are never charged — much less convicted — of a crime.

Take action to reform civil asset forfeiture laws in Utah.

When government prosecutors are allowed to keep seized property without even charging property owners with a crime, the relationship between communities and police becomes even more frayed. Additionally, abuse of the asset forfeiture practice disproportionately affects low-income people, people of color, and immigrant and refugee communities.

Contact your state legislators and ask for substantive civil asset forfeiture reform in 2017!