Holder Announces Changes to Asset Forfeiture Program

Under new rules announced Friday, federal agencies will no longer be able to accept or “adopt” assets seized by local and state law enforcement agencies — unless the property includes firearms, ammunitions, explosives, child pornography or other materials concerning public safety. Holder described the new policy as the “first step in a comprehensive review.”

The new policy does not affect asset seizures made under joint state and federal operations, and local law enforcement may still seize property under state laws.

The program was developed at a time when most states didn’t have their own asset forfeiture laws and did not have legal authority to forfeit seized items, raising concerns that seized property might ultimately return to the hands of criminals. But Holder said all states now have civil or criminal asset forfeiture law, so it’s no longer as necessary for local law enforcement to turn over seized property to federal agencies.

FK – All these years of tolerating an evil that should have been shut down at its inception…

FK – Why aren’t we hunting and eradicating them? Can someone tell me?