Review of federal asset seizure

The Department of Justice has issued a report on federal asset seizure and forfeiture in cases not directly tied to a specific criminal charge. They found that DOJ does not collect data to analyze the impact of seizures on cases, crime, or civil liberties. Review of a sample of 100 DEA seizures indicated inconsistency in seizure operations, particularly in interdiction cases. Recommendations include better data and oversight, clearer policy, and increased training, especially for state and local officers working on federal task forces.


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