N.J. lawmakers press for rule changes on civil asset forfeiture

New Jersey lawmakers are looking to overhaul how the state’s law enforcement agencies seize property they suspect is linked to crimes.

News Story (New Jersey)

Joe Hernandez
Philadelphia Tribune
February 11, 2019

Tags: Civil Asset Forfeiture

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Services of New Jersey


Akil Roper, chief counsel for Legal Services of New Jersey, said civil asset forfeiture is toughest on the poor and minorities.

“Low-income people are among the hardest hit as they are more likely to carry cash and have limited means to challenge unjust forfeitures,” Roper said. “Loss of a vehicle can disrupt employment, health care, and other family obligations and personal freedoms.”

“Disproportionate impact on racial minorities is likely, given the higher rates of arrest for persons of color and its frequent employ in urban areas” he added.