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Stephen A. Bishopp & John L. Worrall

In: Courts, Law, and Justice

Chapter 1: Asset Forfeiture

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Asset Forfeiture
Asset forfeiture

Asset forfeiture is loosely defined as the confiscation of property by the state of proceeds or instruments of a crime. It is a government practice deeply rooted in history, one that continues to be the subject of much contention today. It has become an integral part of the war on crime, shaped law enforcement practices, and led to a variety of legislative changes over the past several decades.

The debate over asset forfeiture centers on the necessity of finding a balance between the desire to control crime and the need to protect citizens' civil rights. Asset forfeiture is touted as a tool used by law enforcement to address the daunting task of controlling criminal activity. It is meant to serve as deterrent against ...

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