DOJ Suspends Part of Asset Forfeiture Program

The Department of Justice (DOJ) is suspending a federal program that allows law enforcement to keep up to 80 percent of  property seized from persons alleged to be involved in crime.

As reported on The Washington Post:

The “equitable-sharing” program gives police the option of prosecuting asset forfeiture cases under federal instead of state law. Federal forfeiture policies are more permissive than many state policies, allowing police to keep up to 80 percent of assets they seize — even if the people they took from are never charged with a crime.

The DOJ is suspending payments under this program due to budget cuts included in the recent spending bill.

“While we had hoped to minimize any adverse impact on state, local, and tribal law enforcement partners, the Department is deferring for the time being any equitable sharing payments from the Program,” M. Kendall Day, chief of the asset forfeiture and money laundering section, wrote in a letter to state and local law enforcement agencies.

For more information read the full article in The Washington Post.

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