The Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting

Despite Reforms, Burden Still Heavy On Owners Of Seized Property

Jun 14, 2019
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A 2018 recreational brand vehicle, $500,000 in cash, a quarter and a red Bass Pro Shop baseball cap.

Reforms To State Civil Forfeiture Laws Still Lag, Critics Say

Jun 14, 2019
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This story is part of a collaborative reporting initiative supported by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. See all the stories at taken.pulitzercenter.org.

Increasing lawsuits and allegations of civil right violations prompted the Illinois legislature to pass reforms of civil asset forfeitures that went into effect last year.

Both federal and state civil asset forfeiture laws allow the seizure of property without a criminal charge being filed or case being filed in court.