This bill would provide for the Alabama Forfeiture Accountability and Integrity Reform Act, and would set out the exclusive process for asset forfeitures in the state.
We support this bill because Alabama’s current civil asset forfeiture laws allow for law enforcement to seize individual’s property and money before they’ve been charged with a crime. This practice goes against this country’s fundamental belief that we are innocent until proven guilty. Furthermore, individuals who are found innocent are sometimes still unable to regain their possessions.
These bills have been introduced as companion bills in both the House and the Senate.
Despite promises to cut back, fed and state governments press asset forfeitures (Fox News)
New Alabama bill would abolish civil forfeiture, require convictions to confiscate property (Forbes)
Alabama could rein in civil asset forfeiture (AL.com)
Orr bill would reform civil forfeiture (Decatur Daily)
Why Alabama should reform civil asset forfeiture laws (Yellowhammer)
Alabama lawmakers propose ending civil asset forfeiture by police (AL.com)