NJ: Bill Mandating Disclosure of Civil Forfeiture Income Advances

A bill to require county prosecutors to provide annual reports of assets seized through civil forfeiture to the Attorney General advanced in a Senate committee Thursday in a unanimous vote. The New Jersey ACLU weighed in with testimony in support of the bill, saying that it would bring transparency and accountability to a practice that has become a cornerstone of police departments’ funding in recent years.The bill, sponsored by Assemblyman Patrick Diegnan (D-18), would make prosecutors report the nature of the crime and the status of the money or property seized — whether it was sold, kept or spent by the police department. Dianna Houenou, policy counsel with the ACLU, testified that departments do not have to formally disclose information about seizures under existing law.

Source: Bill Mandating Disclosure of Civil Forfeiture Income Advances | New Jersey News, Politics, Opinion, and Analysis

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