Sessions Expands Civil Asset Forfeiture
Headline Roundup July 19th, 2017
Jeff Sessions is expanding a program that allows police officers to seize property from individuals who are suspected of a crime, but have not yet been convicted. The controversial practice, known as civil asset forfeiture, had been reduced under the Obama administration. Proceeds from the practice are often used to fund law enforcement agencies, and many people across the aisle argue that it constitutes an abuse of power.
In America, it is legal in most states for police to take and keep your stuff without ever convicting you for a crime. Now, Attorney General Jeff Sessions apparently wants to let police do this even more often.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday advised his Department of Justice (DOJ) to re-establish a criminal asset seizure program that had been curbed under pressure from lawmakers and civil liberties groups worried that the policy is ripe for abuse.
President Donald Trump may be doing a lot of good for America, particularly in terms of putting the nation first on the international stage and its citizens, not special interests, first in the domestic arena.