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Major Conservative Groups Call For Reform of Civil Asset Forfeiture Laws

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Aside from Questions of Fairness, Forfeiture Undermines the Public’s Confidence in Law Enforcement

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Washington, D.C. – The American Conservative Union Foundation (ACUF), in collaboration with six other center-right groups sent a letter to the Chairmen of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees calling for legislation to reform federal civil asset forfeiture. The letter was sent in response to Attorney-General Sessions’ new asset forfeiture policy directives. 

Letter to the Judiciary Committee: Time for Action on Civil Asset Forfeiture

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 Dear Chairman Goodlatte and Chairman Grassley:

 

We write to ask you to pass legislation reforming federal civil asset forfeiture. As it is currently practiced, civil asset forfeiture is an affront to private property rights as well as fundamental rights to due process. As such, current law encourages violations of property rights and the principles of federalism and it is Congress’s sole responsibility to secure them both.

ACUF and Others ask Senate Judiciary Committee to Conduct Oversight of US Attorney Nominees

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Dear Chairman Grassley:

On March 21, we wrote to urge you and members of the committee to conduct basic oversight with respect to the president’s nominees to serve as United States Attorneys. After noting the enormous influence federal prosecutors have over the criminal justice system, we encouraged you to ask nominees (at a hearing or in writing) about their prosecutorial philosophy or approach on several key issues, including sentencing, asset forfeiture, and federalism. We write again today to renew that request. 

Another Fault of the Criminal Justice System

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Another Fault of the Criminal Justice System: ACUF and Others Ask Sentencing Commission to Research Impact of Parental Incarceration

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Conservative Union Foundation (ACUF), in partnership with four other organizations dedicated to criminal justice reform, issued a joint, bipartisan request for the United States Sentencing Commission (USSC) to undertake research assessing how a parent's incarceration affects minor children.

Alleviating the Impact of Parental Incarceration on Children through Sentencing Reform

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Memorandum

To: United States Sentencing Commission