Public Interest Law Reporter


Austin Spillar

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Civil asset forfeiture allows police to seize a person's cash and property without charging or convicting them of a crime, or even without making an arrest. The police simply just have to suspect that the assets are tied to an illegal activity. This leads some to call it "legal robbery," while law enforcement sees it as a tool to fight crime and supplement their budget. This article will examine civil asset forfeiture and its proceeds, emerging efforts for reform, and recent data and case law on civil asset forfeiture in Chicago.