State House Passes Bill to Limit How Police Can Seize Property
The state house has passed a bill that would change how police conduct property forfeitures.
Under current law, law enforcement may seize property from suspects in a drug investigation, regardless of whether they are convicted of a crime.
House bills 4001 and 4002 would change that policy, making it so that law enforcement can only keep the property if the suspect is convicted or the property is voluntarily relinquished.
The senate passed a the measure a couple of weeks ago.
According to Michigan State Police data, in 2017 alone, law enforcement agencies across Michigan seized over $13.1 Million worth of cash and property.
That amounts to 6,662 forfeitures, 21% of which did not result in a conviction.
The bill, which received bipartisan support in both chambers, will have to be finalized before being sent to the governor.