Hawaii Governor Plans to Veto Asset Forfeiture Reform Bill, Claiming Abuses Don’t Occur
Asset forfeiture abuses are widespread. Perhaps Hawaii’s governor should start reading AC2News.
The bill, passed by the state legislature in April, would require a criminal conviction before Hawaii law enforcement could forfeit property through civil forfeiture, and it would redirect forfeiture revenue into the state’s general fund, instead of directly into police and district attorney office budgets.
Under civil asset forfeiture laws, police can seize property suspected of being connected to criminal activity, even if the owner is never charged with or convicted of a crime.