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Debate On Civil Asset Forfeiture Comes To Illinois


Civil asset forfeiture — when the government can take property even without charging someone with a crime — has been the target of attacks by civil libertarians. Law enforcement, on the other hand, has defended the practice.

Brian Mackey brings us this look at how the debate is playing out in Illinois.

A version of this story was broadcast June 7, 2016 on Illinois Edition.

Brian Mackey formerly reported on state government and politics for NPR Illinois and a dozen other public radio stations across the state. Before that, he was A&E editor at The State Journal-Register and Statehouse bureau chief for the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin.
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