TAKE ACTION: Protect Utahns' private property
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.
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.