Governor Brown signed a major reform that will protect all Californians from asset forfeiture abuse.

Drug Policy Alliance

We did it! After months of advocacy from supporters like you, today Governor Brown signed a major reform that will protect all Californians from asset forfeiture abuse.

Senate Bill 443, authored by Senator Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) and Assemblymember David Hadley (R-Torrance), establishes some of the strictest standards to protect due process and property rights by requiring a conviction in most cases before property can be permanently forfeited by law enforcement.

You stuck with us in the fight to get SB 443 through the legislature and signed by Governor Brown. Thank you for making this victory possible!

This bill provides a roadmap for other states to follow in building bipartisan support to protect the property rights of all of who live in the United States.

Reform like SB 443 is of the utmost importance to low income families and immigrant families that do not have the economic resources to fight the federal or state government for return of their hard earned income or property, including cars and home.

Civil asset forfeiture is a remnant of 80’s drug war hysteria that has allowed law enforcement to take and keep someone’s money or property even if the person hasn’t been convicted of a crime, charged, or arrested. It has predominantly harmed innocent, vulnerable people.

Just last year, we released “Above the Law: An Investigation of Civil Asset Forfeiture Abuses in California,” a multi-year report, that took a comprehensive look at asset forfeiture abuses in California. This report kicked off a 2 year campaign that brought reformers of all political stripes together around basic constitutional values – no one should have their property taken by government officials without due process.

Today marks a new direction and we’ve finally reformed this unfair practice in California.

Thank you for leading us to victory!


Eunisses Hernandez
California Policy Associate
Drug Policy Alliance

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