(Here is the latest edition of the Institute for Justice’s weekly Short Circuit newsletter, written by John Ross.)
Last week, a federal judge certified four named plaintiffs to stand up for tens of thousands of individuals whose cars, cash, homes, and other property were threatened by Philadelphia’s civil forfeiture machine. Each year, the program reaps nearly $6 million from citizens, regardless of whether they have even been charged with a crime, and police and prosecutors use these proceeds to pay for salaries and other expenses. Such “policing for profit” violates the right to due process, and those who have suffered will soon get their day in court. Read more here.