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Reform Coming for ND Asset Forfeitures

By May 14, 2019 No Comments

A bill reforming North Dakota’s asset forfeiture procedures—the seizure by law enforcement of property allegedly involved in a crime—was recently signed by the governor and will go into effect on August 1, reports the Grand Forks Herald. The bill was introduced “to eliminate the ‘perverse incentive’ of ‘policing for profit.'” Among the changes, reports Reason.com, are that “police will now have to get a conviction before they can try to force most people to forfeit their assets” (with some exceptions). Prior to the passage of the bill, North Dakota and Massachusetts were the only two states “to get an F grade in the Institute for Justice’s ‘Policing for Profit’ state-by-state analysis,” says Reason.com.