AUSTIN – The Texas Public Policy Foundation and the Charles Koch Institute will host a Policy Primer discussing “Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform in Texas: Where and When Does it Occur?” TODAY, Thursday, April 7, 2016 at 11:30 a.m. CDT at the Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Joe B. Hogsett Theater.
Civil asset forfeiture allows law enforcement officers to seize an individual’s property even if no criminal charges are filed, and getting those assets back can be arduous and expensive. Indeed, it is up to the original owner to prove the property’s innocence. Defining how much civil asset forfeiture occurs in Texas has been very difficult, and proposals to require more transparency have been blocked, but new information can help provide context for this important debate. 

The event will be livestreamed at:



Derek Cohen, Deputy Director of the Center for Effective Justice, TPPF
Vikrant Reddy, Senior Fellow, Charles Koch Institute
Representative Phil Stephenson, Texas House of Representatives 
Currie Myers, Former Sheriff of Johnson County, KS and Senior Visiting Fellow, TPPF
“Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform in Texas: Where and When does it Occur?”


TODAY, Thursday, April 7, 2016
11:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. CDT 
Texas Public Policy Foundation
901 Congress Avenue
Austin, Texas 78701

Derek Cohen is deputy director of 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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