DOJ Cuts Civil-Forfeiture Incentives For Local, State Police
The Justice Department is ending its federal incentives for asset forfeiture. The program paid state and local law enforcement billions of dollars.By Katie Link | December 24, 2015
Local police hoping for a Christmas bonus may have just gotten the opposite. This week, the U.S. Justice Department announced it's pulling federal incentives tied to asset forfeiture.
Asset forfeiture allows law enforcement to seize any cash or belongings thought to be tied to a crime, even if those involved aren't charged. This would often happen in a situation like a traffic stop. (Video via WTVF)
Before, under the federal "equitable sharing program," police could choose to prosecute asset forfeiture cases under federal law rather than the often tighter state law.