Civil Asset Forfeiture in Texas: Where and Why Does It Occur?

Civil asset forfeiture allows law enforcement officers to seize an individual’s property even if no criminal charges are filed. Furthermore, getting those assets back can be arduous and expensive. Indeed, it is up to the original owner to prove the property’s innocence. Defining how much civil asset forfeiture occurs in Texas has been very difficult, and proposals to require more transparency have been blocked. But new information can help provide context for this important debate.

Please join the Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Center for Effective Justice and the Charles Koch Institute for the release of the Center’s new data on where civil forfeitures are occurring in Texas and a discussion about what comes next.


Chuck DeVore, vice president of national initiatives, Texas Public Policy Foundation


Derek M. Cohen, deputy director, Center for Effective Justice, Texas Public Policy Foundation
Currie Myers, former sheriff, Johnson County, Kansas and senior visiting fellow, Texas Public Policy Foundation
Vikrant Reddy, senior research fellow, Charles Koch Institute
Rep. Phil Stephenson, Texas House of Representatives

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