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Monroe County Creates Civil Asset Forfeiture Fund

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Monroe County has created a fund to facilitate the seizure of property through a controversial process called civil asset forfeiture. On Friday, the County Commissioners approved the creation of a new civil forfeiture fund at the request of the County Prosecutor’s office. There is widespread disagreement about the legality of and justification for civil asset forfeiture, which allows government agencies to seize property they suspect was involved in a crime.

In Indiana, there is no requirement that a person be convicted of a crime before the government seizes their property. Agencies can seize cash, vehicles, homes, land and other property.

On Friday, Monroe County Deputy Prosecutor