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Kansas ranks low on asset forfeiture policies

Kansas received a D-minus grade in a new report on civil asset forfeiture. The Virginia-based Institute for Justice examined the practice of law enforcement officers seizing property they suspect was involved in a crime. It is a tactic originally developed to combat the illegal drug trade. The concern is that these forfeitures can occur even when no charges are filed, and it can be difficult for an innocent person to get the property back. Also, because law enforcement gets to keep the proceeds from selling assets, there is an incentive to seize assets, with or without cause. – Phillip Brownlee