“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.