Arlington, Va. – U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced today that the U.S. Department of Justice will be issuing a new directive this week to develop policies that increase the practice known as civil asset forfeiture.
Civil asset forfeiture allows law enforcement to seize property that they suspect is connected to criminal activity or that represents the profits of wrongdoing, all without ever convicting or even charging the property owner with a crime.
Generation Opportunity Director of Policy Engagement David Barnes issued the following statement:
“It’s disappointing that the administration would want to double down on a corrupt system of policing for profit that allows law enforcement to unjustly seize private property without significant enough evidence to even charge someone with a crime. ‘Innocent until proven guilty’ is not a loophole in the law – it’s the very bedrock of the American justice system and we strongly urge Attorney General Sessions to reconsider his decision.”
If you are interested in speaking with a Generation Opportunity representative about this issue please contact Clay Sutton at firstname.lastname@example.org.