AUSTIN – The Texas Public Policy Foundation will host a Policy Primer discussing “Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform in Texas: Fighting Contraband, Upholding Civil Liberties” on Monday, December 8, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. CST in Texas State Capitol Conference Center located in room E2.002.
Civil asset forfeiture is a common practice in Texas, responsible for part of the more than $46 million agencies receive from self-directed forfeiture proceedings each year. Unlike criminal forfeiture, there is a much weaker burden-of-proof to meet for the government to take complete control of the property. Forfeiture proceedings are an indispensable tool in law enforcement, allowing police and prosecutors to turn the ill-gotten fruits of criminals to cash and real property used to fight crime.  However, some property seizures and subsequent forfeitures are made without a criminal conviction on mere suspicion alone. 
Panelists will discuss civil asset forfeiture and what can be done to curtail abuse.
Panelists include:

  • Representative David Simpson, Texas House of Representatives
  • Andrew Kloster, The Heritage Foundation
  • Matt Miller, Institute for Justice – Texas
  • Chief James McLaughlin, Texas Police Chief’s Association
  • Derek Cohen, Center for Effective Justice at The Texas Public Policy Foundation (moderator)


For additional information and to register, visit:

WHO:         Texas Public Policy Foundation
WHAT:   "Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform in Texas:
    Fighting Contraband, Upholding Civil Liberties"
WHEN:   Monday, December 8, 2014
    11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. CST
WHERE:   Texas State Capitol
    Legislative Conference Center, E2.002
    Austin, Texas 78701

To learn more please contact Caroline Espinosa at or 512.472.2700

Derek Cohen is a Policy Analyst with the Center for Effective Justice at the Texas Public Policy Foundation.

The Texas Public Policy Foundation is a non-profit, free-market research institute based in Austin, Texas.

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