State Senate Passes Bill To Limit Some Property Seizures By Police
The state Senate 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.
Senate Bill 2 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.
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 is the first to be voted on this year, passed 36 to 2 in the Senate and now heads to the house.