NC’s Approach to Asset Forfeiture Gets High Marks

 A new report from FeedomWorks gives North Carolina’s asset forfeiture program an A-, the second highest score in the country. The report gives two reasons:  “The government can only forfeit property if the owner has been convicted of a crime;” and “Law enforcement does not receive any of the forfeiture funds.” The only reason we didn’t earn a perfect score is that, “Afer a conviction, the burden is on the property owner to show why his property should not be forfeited.” Shifting the burden to the government might be something we should think about; nevertheless, as I’ve said before, North Carolina’s enlightened approach to asset forfeiture is definitely one of the many reasons I feel lucky to be here.

Jon Guze / Director of Legal Studies

Jon Guze is the Director of Legal Studies at the John Locke Foundation. Before joining the John Locke Foundation, Jon practiced law in Durham, North Carolina for over twent...

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