TRENTON, N.J. (July 5, 2018) – Last week, the New Jersey Senate unanimously passed a bill that would impose strict reporting requirements for all asset forfeitures in the state. This legislation would take a first step that could lead to substantive reforms, including closing a federal loophole that allows police to bypass strict state asset forfeiture laws.
Sen. Shirley Truner (D-Ewing) introduced Senate Bill 1963 (S1963) with a bipartisan coalition of three cosponsors in February. The legislation would require law enforcement agencies to report extensive details about asset forfeitures in the state including the type and value of property seized and whether someone was charged with a crime when the property was forfeited. It would also require agencies to report all cases adopted by the federal government. The law would require that information to be compiled on a publicly available website.
On July 1, the Senate passed S1963 by a 37-0 vote.
While passage of S1963 wouldn’t reform New Jersey asset forfeiture laws, it would lay a foundation to do so in the future. By increasing transparency, the legislation would allow New Jerseyites to actually see the reality of asset forfeiture. As the saying goes, sunlight …
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