Civil Forfeiture Case Study

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Table 2 shows that stakeholders are interested in whether civil forfeiture laws stay the same, whether citizens will obtain increased protections, or whether law enforcement’s civil forfeiture reports will become more transparent. Options Specification The options include the review of local government expenditures for civil forfeiture, proceeds from civil forfeiture going to the general fund, and forbidding civil forfeiture. Review of local government expenditures for civil forfeiture: This option requires law enforcement to disaggregate data by maintaining written documentation of every seizure they make, the circumstances of the seizure and their expenditures. Moreover, disaggregate data for civil and criminal forfeitures. Law enforcement…show more content…
Political feasibility measures how much stakeholders are in agreement with the option. Administrative feasibility measures the complexity of implementing an option. Financial feasibility measures the financial costs of the option. Equity measures the fairness of an option towards the largest number of people. Effectiveness measures the extent to which the option reduces the abuse of civil forfeiture. The options are measured using rank order where a “1” means the option has low feasibility and “3” means high…show more content…
Administratively, this option is somewhat feasible because it requires the work of state accountants to place civil forfeiture proceeds into the general fund. Financially, this option is the most feasible because it requires no cost. This option is somewhat equitable and effective because it provides some protection for citizens because it takes away some of law enforcement’s incentive to seize property as they are no longer in control of their own

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