Civil Asset Forfeiture: Time for Reform in Oklahoma?

“Innocent until proven guilty”—the idea is as American as apple pie. But what if law enforcement thinks your apple pie was involved in a crime? It turns out you can lose your property—not just your pie, but your car, your cash, your house—without ever being charged, let alone convicted, of a crime. Oklahoma legislators are considering changing state law to increase protections for private property rights, but some district attorneys argue that proposed reforms compromise their ability to fight crime, especially in the war on drugs.

Join experts from Oklahoma and around the country to learn where “civil asset forfeiture” came from, how it works, and what reforms are on the table.

SCHEDULE AND SPEAKERS

10:00 a.m.: Welcome Remarks

  • Alison Frasermanaging director of research and policy, Charles Koch Institute
  • Jonathan Smallpresident, Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs

10:15–11:30 a.m.: Panel 1: What Is Civil Asset Forfeiture?
Moderator: Eric Alstonsenior policy and research analystCharles Koch Institute
Panelists:

  • Brad Catesformer directorU.S. Department of Justice Asset Forfeiture Program
  • Dan AlbanattorneyInstitute for Justice
  • David SmithattorneySmith & Zimmerman, PLLC

12:00–1:00 p.m.: Lunch & Debate Hosted by MiddleGround Radio

  • Kyle LovelessOklahoma state senator
  • Bill Priceformer federal prosecutor

1:15–2:30 p.m.: Panel 2: Reforming Forfeiture in Oklahoma
Moderator: Brandon Dutchersenior vice president of policy, Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs
Panelists:

  • Trent Englandvice president for strategic initiatives, Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs
  • Brady Hendersonlegal director, American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma
  • Bill Shapardfounder, SoonerPoll

2:30–2:45 p.m.: Concluding Remarks

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