Civil Forfeiture has also been called ‘Policing For Profit’ because it is the ability for law enforcement agencies to take a person’s property and keep it without a criminal conviction. Civil Forfeiture underwrites the budgets of local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies as well as prosecutors, and though this practice ostensibly expedites crime fighting, it is now apparent that there’s more harm being done to innocent people than we could’ve ever anticipated.
The Texas State Supreme Court has ruled on the merit of Civil Forfeiture and has stated that even if one’s 4th and 5th Amendment rights are violated, their property may still be seized. Is there still room for reform, or must Texas abolish Civil Forfeiture entirely, as New Mexico has, in order to ensure that people are secure in their person and property.
Should local and state agencies be allowed to continue the practice ‘equitable sharing’ with federal agencies, or should Texas assert its independence and prevent the subversion of state law?
Who will champion these reforms during the next legislative session?
Our panelists include members from Institute for Justice, Texas Public Policy Foundation, and Texans for Accountable Government.
This is TAG’s June meeting, which is held from 7pm to 9pm. All ages are welcome and get there early if you’re interested in ordering dinner.
Moderated by Justin Arman, Executive Director of Texans for Accountable Government.
Event is Free
When: June 27th, 2016 7PM TO 9PM: Scholz Garten 1607 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, Texas 78701