A coalition of groups from the Atlanta Tea Party to the ACLU is calling on state lawmakers to reform Georgia’s civil forfeiture law. Lee McGrath with the Institute for Justice says Georgia’s law allows police and prosecutors to seize and keep 100 percent of the property they seize, even if a person is found innocent of any crime. He says that needs to change “to ensure that law enforcement is not engaged in policing or prosecuting for profit.”
As lawmakers prepare to head back to the state Capitol this month, they already have an idea of the bills they will be working to pass. For Representative Wendell Willard, R-Sandy Springs, this session will be about civil forfeiture reform.