“Innocent until proven guilty” is a fundamental principle of our justice system, but civil asset forfeiture turns that principle on its head. Current law allows federal agents and prosecutors to seize someone’s property without ever even charging them with a crime.

The Fifth Amendment Integrity Restoration Act (S.642/H.R.1555) would shift the burden of proof back to the government and remove the “policing for profit” incentive, ensuring that law enforcement agencies prioritize public safety over financial rewards.

Unfortunately, this bipartisan, common-sense bill faces an uphill battle. President Donald Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, is an outspoken proponent of civil asset forfeiture.

That’s why it’s vital you sign the petition below urging Senator Mark Warner, Senator Tim Kaine, and your U.S. Representative to cosponsor the FAIR Act.

Petition to Senator Mark Warner, Senator Tim Kaine, and My U.S. Representative

Whereas: The burden of proof should be on the government to demonstrate guilt, not on the citizen to prove innocence;

Whereas: Federal asset forfeiture laws violate this fundamental tenet of our justice system;

Whereas: Allowing law enforcement agencies to retain the proceeds of forfeiture gives them the incentive to put financial rewards above the public safety;

Whereas: The Fifth Amendment Integrity Restoration Act is bipartisan legislation that curbs the abuses of civil asset forfeiture;

Therefore: As your constituent, I urge you to cosponsor the FAIR Act (S.642/H.R.1555).