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Saturday, June 25 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Is Your Property Secure? The Perils of Civil Asset Forfeiture

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Sponsored by the Charles Koch Institute.

Using a practice known as civil asset forfeiture, law enforcement officers can legally take your property and keep it if they suspect it is connected to a crime. You do not even have to be charged or convicted of a crime for this to happen, and the process of reclaiming property can be long and arduous.

Estimates place the value of assets seized in one year by state and local law enforcement at around $254 million. However, because most states lack adequate reporting requirements, the total is likely much higher. In 2014, federal asset forfeiture accounts contained nearly $4.5 billion in seized assets.

Where did civil asset forfeiture originate, and what can be done about it? How can policymakers and concerned citizens protect property rights and civil liberties while also ensuring that law enforcement has adequate resources to fight crime?

Join the Charles Koch Institute’s Brianna Walden (Strategic Outreach Coordinator) and Eric Alston (Senior Policy and Research Analyst) for a lively and interactive conversation that will attempt to answer these and other questions.

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Brianna Walden

Strategic Outreach Coordinator, Charles Koch Institute
Brianna Walden is a Strategic Outreach Coordinator on the External Relations team at the Charles Koch Institute. Her work focuses on developing partnerships and coalitions around criminal justice and policing reform. In 2012, she co-founded a non-profit, A Few Good Men, which identifies... Read More →

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William Ruger

Vice President for Research and Policy, Charles Koch Institute
William Ruger serves as the vice president for research and policy at the Charles Koch Institute and the vice president for research at the Charles Koch Foundation. He is a senior advisor and foreign policy scholar at Defense Priorities and a research fellow in foreign policy studies... Read More →

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Charles Koch Institute

The Charles Koch Institute is an educational organization focused on the importance of free societies and how they increase well-being for the overwhelming majority of people. Through the Institute’s professional education, research, and training programs, we work to prepare professionals... Read More →

Saturday June 25, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT