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Maria Kuiper for IowaWatch

Maria Kuiper is a 2021 University of Iowa graduate of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. She is a summer reporter for IowaWatch. She can be reached at iowawatch@gmail.com.

  • Waterloo’s high rank comes in a state that received a ‘D-’ rating for its civil forfeiture laws in 2013 from the Institute of Justice, a libertarian nonprofit in Arlington, Virginia. Iowa’s grade was based on factors such as no former conviction being required, poor protections for third-party property owners and that 100% of profits go toward law enforcement, the institute says.