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Rep. Issa Responds to DOJ Plans to Increase Civil Forfeiture

Press Release
Jul 17, 2017

Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Vista) released the following statement after Attorney General Jeff Sessions indicated that the Department of Justice plans to roll out a new policy aimed at increasing police seizures of cash and property under civil forfeiture.

“This is a troubling decision for the due process protections afforded to us under the Fourth Amendment as well as the growing consensus we’ve seen nationwide on this issue,” said Congressman Darrell Issa. “Ramping up adoptive forfeitures would circumvent much of the progress state legislatures have made curb the misuse of civil forfeiture and expand a loophole that’s become one of the most flagrantly abused provisions of this policy. Criminals shouldn’t be able to keep the proceeds of their crime, but innocent Americans shouldn’t lose their right to due process, or their private property rights, in order to make that happen. I will continue to work with our partners in law enforcement and the Department of Justice to enact reforms like those laid out in the DUE PROCESS Act which my House colleagues and I re-introduced earlier this year.”

Congressman Issa earlier penned an op-ed for the Los Angeles Times calling for civil forfeiture reform. In the piece, he derided equitable sharing as a "federal loophole that lets cops go treasure hunting"  and asserted that civil forfeiture "stands in stark contrast to constitutional principles of due process and property rights."

He also is an original co-sponsor of the DUE PROCESS Act, which he and his colleagues introduced in the House of Representatives to curb civil forfeiture misuse at the federal level.

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