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Kasich Signs Bill Restricting Civil Forfeiture By Law Enforcement

Civil forfeiture is when the government seizes someone’s property. In Ohio, it can happen without criminal charges.
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It will be harder for police, prosecutors and the government to seize private property in Ohio under a new bill signed into law. 

The bill requires a criminal conviction before law enforcement can permanently confiscate personal property or cash in many cases.

Jesse Hathaway of the Heartland Institute says it strikes a good balance “between the government and police who wish to get high dollar criminals and their assets off the streets, but at the same time, they are balancing property owners' constitutional rights.”

This new civil asset forfeiture law had widespread bipartisan support. Under the law, police and prosecutors would be able to confiscate money only if a person alleged to have received more than $15,000 in crimes.

Jo Ingles is a professional journalist who covers politics and Ohio government for the Ohio Public Radio and Television for the Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau. She reports on issues of importance to Ohioans including education, legislation, politics, and life and death issues such as capital punishment.