Civil Forfeiture in Michigan: A Review and Recommendations for Reforms

Michigan should change its current civil forfeiture laws to do a better job protecting the rights of its citizens and ensure that innocent people do not have their assets turned over to the government. Most importantly, Michigan should end civil forfeiture and only allow property to be forfeited through the state’s criminal forfeiture process. Next, the state should require more transparency of law enforcement’s current use of forfeiture. Lastly, the Legislature should reduce the incentives faced by police and prosecutors to abuse civil forfeiture to pad their budgets.

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