Civil forfeiture — the seizure by police of assets from individuals suspected of crimes — has been reformed in Georgia after a years-long debate, prompted by stories of police confiscating goods from citizens never charged or convicted of crimes. A legislator writes about how the new law got on the books, and a spokesman for Georgia sheriffs asserts that forfeiture is a powerful police tool to protect citizens. However, a public policy analyst argues the legislation doesn’t go far enough.
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