Forfeiture Reform Activists: Support Resources
Forfeiture Reform Activists:
By: Leon Felkins
Created: 8/16/99, Revised 10/28/15
Notice: This page is under constant revision. I suggest you hit your "reload" button.
The purpose of this page is to provide resources to volunteer activists that
are fighting for Forfeiture Reform. Specifically, the page will provide
links to supporting and related organizations, individuals, and information.
- Cato Institute
See their page on the conference they sponsored May 3, 1999, "Forfeiture Reform: Now, or Never?"
F.E.A.R (Forfeiture Endangers
This organization has been in the forefront of Forfeiture Reform for many
years now. The web site is a great resource of useful material, including laws,
legislation, victim support, briefs, and an archive of forfeiture articles. The site is now undergoing a major update to, among other things, correct any dead URL's.
Bill Of Attainder Project
A civil liberties organization started by the Libertarian Party of
Oklahoma. The project contacts political activists, organizations and others to
forward the cause of preventing laws that plunder life, liberty, and property.
The Drug Policy Foundation
This organization is very active in the fight for reform or our nation's drug policy. Since forfeiture is a child of the Drug War, eliminating this costly and failed government venture should be the highest of our priorities.
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Of course, I cannot list all the activists involved with forfeiture reform as it would take up too much room and is constantly changing. Instead, I will list a few of the major players. If you know of others that should be listed, including yourself, let me know.
A "Beltway Bandit" that works for DOJ -- to help manage the loot (mostly
computer inventory stuff) -- and lots of other government agencies. There is a great deal of information on this sleazy organization at "DynCorp Sucks" web site [Whoops -- off line!]. It is not pretty.
These folks are typical of government contractors in that they provide a
service of doing the routine work that would never get done if left up to the
"Civil Servants". They work for the Treasury Department, Customs, and other agencies, their
specialty being the management of the loot. Basically, they provide the same services for Treasury that DynCorp provides for the Justice Department.
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- The U.S. Treasury's site on
"Seized Property Auctions"
- The Customs Department's activities in
- The U.S. Marshals'
Their job is to take care of the loot and to sell it for the best price. So
far, they have not done a very good job.
Since taking care of things and selling them involves real work, they of
course sub-contract it out. The list of sub-contractors for selling is at the
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Background and History of Modern Forfeiture:
- "Forfeiture Reform Legislation: Will it be Now, or Never?", an article by Leon Felkins written at the time the Asset Forfeiture Reform Bill was being considered by our legislatures.
An introduction and primer to the asset forfeiture procedures. Helpful to those
who need to defend themselves or to help others. Offers other material for a
While there are many laws that invoke forfeiture, this is the biggy. This
one is about drugs and was the one that started it all.
My introductory article on forfeiture originally written in 1996.
Some sources are listed below.
- The complete text of HR 1658, as passed in the Senate on March 27, 2000
- DOJ version, S. 1701, Introduced in Senate by Senator Sessions
- Henry Hyde's Bill, H.R. 1658
- Henry Hyde's Bill, H.R. 1835, offered in 1997
Replaced by H.R. 1965
- The DOJ version, H.R. 1965, that replaced Hyde's bill but also failed to get out of committee
Henry Hyde was deceived into sponsoring this "Trojan Horse" bill. He subsequently withdrew it when he became aware of its contents.
- Henry Hyde's Forfeiture Reform bill offered in 1996, H.R. 1916
Here are links to GAO reports regarding forfeiture, seizure, etc. These reports are online at the GAO site, but are listed and linked to here for your convenience. Note also, that paper versions of GAO reports are available free or at a minimal cost.
- Seized Drugs and Firearms: FBI Needs to Improve Certain Physical Safeguards and Strengthen Accountability (Letter Report, 12/16/1999,
GAO/AIMD-00-18) -- (
Text, PDF, or Summary)
- IRS Seizures: Needed for Compliance but Processes for Protecting Taxpayer Rights Have Some Weaknesses (Chapter Report, 11/29/1999, GAO/GGD-00-4) -- (Text, PDF, or Summary)
- IRS Seizures: Limited Progress in Eliminating Asset Management Control Weaknesses (Letter Report, 11/29/1999, GAO/GGD-00-5) -- (Text, PDF, or Summary)
- Seized Drugs and Weapons: DEA Needs to Improve Certain Physical Safeguards and Strengthen Accountability (GAO/AIMD-00-17) -- (PDF)
On-line Hand-out Materials, Brochures, etc.
- Other Printable Materials
News Items and Other Forfeiture Resource Sites
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