It will modify the power of law enforcement to seize cash, home and other property on the suspicion the property was involved with criminal activity. Willard said the bill will protect due process, transparency and create better accountability.
In a recent Institute for Justice report, Georgia scored a D- for its civil forfeiture laws and practices, and only four other states received similar grades. A group formed by Willard has met over the past two years to draft a new Uniform Civil Forfeiture Procedure Act, which must be approved by the General Assembly. The Legislature's 2013 session begins in January.
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