Civil asset forfeiture violates property rights and due process. In its current form, it is improperly used as a way for police departments and the federal government to take private property to pad their bottom lines. There should be greater protections against this violation of civil rights.
Civil asset forfeiture allows local and federal law enforcement to seize assets related to criminal enterprises. This is an important tool for defunding organized crime, taking back profits from criminal enterprises, and preventing new crimes from being committed.