Civil Forfeiture In Mississippi

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What is civil forfeiture? This law is a nationwide procedure; however, Mississippi is considered the worst for encouraging this abuse called policing for profit. It’s a law where police and prosecutors confiscate the private property of an individual who is allegedly suspected of an illegal drug activity but has never been convicted. “What (doth it) profit, my brethren, through a man say he hath faith, and have not works?” (James 2:14 KJV).
The state and federal civil asset forfeiture laws, allows law enforcement agencies to keep or sell the assets and use the profits to subsidize their budgets. Different from criminal asset forfeiture, civil forfeiture, a property owner is not required to be found guilty of a crime or even charged to permanently
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The act is known as "civil forfeiture," was investigated by state and federal lawmakers throughout the nation. As per the survey, eighty-eight percent of voters disagreed with civil forfeiture which included eighty-nine percent of the Republican voters. Mississippi’s voter is recognized by race, age, sex, political party and region, furthermore all are against police taking property from individuals who are not convicted of a crime. Forest Thigpen, president of the Mississippi Center for Public Policy states, “The results from the ballots prove that it is time for the Mississippi legislature to reform our civil forfeiture laws". “The Mississippi Constitution affirms that no individual shall be deprived of life, liberty, or property except through due process”. Thigpen also stated, "When a forfeiture is limited to taking the property of convicted criminals, it can be a legitimate law enforcement tool. However, this is not the case with civil forfeiture; this practice erodes fundamental private property and due process rights for Mississippians" (MCPP reports, n.d.). “I said to myself, “God will bring into judgment both the righteous and the wicked, for there will be a time for every activity, a time to judge every deed” (Ecclesiastes 3:17

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