Civil Asset Forfeiture – “Policing for Profit”

The Washington Post has an interesting report about the huge amount of money that Fairfax County spends to go after gambling. The story cites critics who ask “why law enforcement spends valuable time and money on combating sports gambling. The answer is obvious — and explicit in the story: “…police in Virginia are allowed to keep 100 percent of the assets they seize in state gambling cases.” In other words, harassing the gambling business is a profit-making endeavor for police.

Giving Cops Bad Incentives to Harass Victimless Behavior,” Daniel J. Mitchell, Cato@Liberty, September 20, 2010

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