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25: The police can just take your stuff
Jul 25, 2017

25: The police can just take your stuff

The Trump administration revives the debate about civil-asset forfeiture.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently rolled back federal restrictions on civil-asset forfeiture. Local police and other enforcement agencies can take your property if they suspect that property has been involved in or purchased with profits from some illegal activity — even if you haven’t been charged with a crime. Economist Jennifer Doleac talks with Kai and Molly about the policy.

If you want to learn more about civil asset forfeiture, we recommend “Taken” in The New Yorker by Sarah Stillman. 


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