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SCOTUS Upholds Abusive Civil Forfeiture Law, Allows Police to Keep $201,000 in Cash from Legal Home Sale with No Proof of Criminal Activity

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — In refusing to hear a challenge to Texas’ asset forfeiture law, the U.S. Supreme Court is allowing Texas police to keep $201,000 in cash primarily on the basis that the seized cash—the proceeds of a home sale—was being transported on a highway associated with illegal drug trade, despite any proof of illegal activity by the owner.

ACU Foundation to Host Two Panels on Criminal Justice Reform at the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference





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ACU Foundation to Host Two Panels on Criminal Justice Reform at the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference


Washington, DC – The American Conservative Union Foundation will be hosting two major panels on criminal justice reform at ACUF’s annual Conservative Political Action Conference, CPAC2017: Prosecutors Gone Wild and Conservatives Leading the Way on Criminal Justice Reform in State Capitals.

Hope for Heroin Addicts and Their Families in Virginia

Conservative Foundation Lauds Del. Kirk Cox for Leadership in Tackling the Opioid Crisis

Washington, DC, Feb. 9, 2017 – The American Conservative Union Foundation’s Center for Criminal Justice Reform issued a statement today concerning passage of legislation in the Virginia House of Delegates that addresses the opioid epidemic that is afflicting the Commonwealth.
ACUF’s Pat Nolan, the Director of the Center for Criminal Justice Reform said:  “The opioid crisis in Virginia affects not just addicts, but their families, our communities and the taxpayers as well. We know that merely locking up those who suffer from addiction is not a solution. Instead, legislation introduced by House Majority Leader Kirk Cox (R-Colonial Heights) would expand the Heroin Addiction Recovery Program (“HARP”). HARP is an innovative and cost-effective approach that helps addicts actually beat their addiction.” 

Inside Mississippi’s Asset Forfeiture Extortion Racket

Originally posted on by C.J. Ciaramella

It was the first time in Mississippi defense attorney Richard Rehfeldt’s long career that he can remember where police seized a client’s furniture.

In 2012, Rehfeldt says the Hind County Sheriff’s Office raided his client’s apartment on suspicion her boyfriend was a drug dealer. Anything purchased with drug proceeds is fair game to be seized by police under civil asset forfeiture laws, and they determined the boyfriend had furnished the apartment, so off went her TV, her table and chairs, her couch, her lamps, and even the pictures on the wall.

To reform our prisons, follow the states’ lead

Originally published by Washington Post
By: Pat Nolan

The first priority of government is to keep our people safe. Violent, dangerous criminals belong in prison, and the cost of incarcerating them is money well spent. But today the net of criminal law ensnares far more than just violent criminals.