America's war on drugs has had many casualties, some of which we write about on this blog. But one of the most controversial issues in the war on drugs is one which many Americans are not aware of: Civil asset forfeiture.
The Constitution states that none of us can be "deprived of life, liberty or property without due process of law." But under laws allowing for civil asset forfeiture, a person's assets can be seized by the government for allegedly being tied to criminal activity (such as drug trafficking), even if the person is never convicted of a crime. In some cases, individuals are never even charged with a crime.