Every year, Illinois law enforcement agencies take tens of millions of dollars in cash, vehicles, land and other assets from state residents — in some cases without bringing criminal charges, let alone obtaining convictions, against property owners.
Asset forfeiture laws, which allow the confiscation of private assets suspected of involvement in illegal activity, have been subject to abuse — and have produced large payouts for law enforcement.
Since 2005, Illinois has pocketed more than $319 million from private citizens throughout the state. Federal law enforcement took in more than $404 million in Illinois over the same time period.
Illinois Policy and ACLU of Illinois have teamed up to reform Illinois' asset forfeiture laws.
Join us for a free lunchtime discussion regarding asset forfeiture and the steps we can take to reform the state's broken system.
Ted Dabrowski - Vice President of Policy, Illinois Policy Institute
Ben Ruddell - Criminal Justice Policy Attorney, ACLU of Illinois
Moderated by Khadine Bennett - Associate Legislative Director, ACLU of Illinois