At the request of the Kansas Legislature’s Special Committee on Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform, CSG Midwest staff provided testimony in December detailing recent statutory changes across this region.
The state-by-state overview includes several examples of new laws that:
- raise the standard of proof in forfeiture cases;
- add new protections and due process rights, particularly for “innocent property owners”;
- require a conviction in related criminal cases in order for property to be forfeited;
- mandate more public disclosure and reporting by law enforcement; and
- restrict the use of civil asset forfeiture proceeds.
Throughout the year, CSG Midwest provides committee testimony, in-state policy and professional development training, and individualized research assistance to legislators as part of its suite of products and services for the Midwestern Legislative Conference.
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