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Groups demand changes to Georgia’s civil forfeiture law

Special to SEGAZINE

A coalition of groups from the Atlanta Tea Party to the ACLU is calling on state lawmakers to reform Georgia’s civil forfeiture law. Lee McGrath with the Institute for Justice says Georgia’s law allows police and prosecutors to seize and keep 100 percent of the property they seize, even if a person is found innocent of any crime.

He says that needs to change “to ensure that law enforcement is not engaged in policing or prosecuting for profit.”

A bill addressing that issue is currently under consideration. H.B. 1 would require police and prosecutors to reveal what property is seized when someone is stopped for a crime. But McGrath with says that’s not enough.

via GPB

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