The State Legislature is considering proposals to fix the state's broken civil asset forfeiture system that allows law enforcement agencies to seize for their own use property suspected of being used or derived from criminal activity.
A public hearing was held on the reform bill, SB521, on Tuesday and a public hearing is scheduled Thursday on a companion bill, AB 537. The bills, before the Senate Government and Labor Reform and Assembly Criminal Justice and Public Safety committees, would restrict seizures to cases in which a conviction was obtained, ensure funds realized through seizures go to support schools, and require public reporting about seizures, among other things. WJI's testimony to the Senate committee.
Gretchen Schuldt is executive director of the Wisconsin Justice Initiative.
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