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Asset Forfeiture: A Law Enforcement Perspective

NCJ Number
196163
Author(s)
Howard E. Williams
Date Published
2002
Length
332 pages
Annotation
This book reviews the statutes, rules, regulations, judicial decisions, and detailed processes that impact asset forfeiture procedures for law enforcement administrators, investigators, and officers.
Abstract
The three main sections of the book focus on the development of modern asset forfeiture policy, asset forfeiture law, and the administration of forfeiture programs. The first section contains five chapters that trace the history of asset forfeiture in the United States. These chapters include a brief review of forfeiture history and policy, non-judicial forfeiture procedures, civil forfeiture procedures, criminal forfeiture procedures, and State forfeiture processes. The 12 chapters on forfeiture law in the second section of the book discuss several Federal forfeiture statutes that pertain to various law enforcement topics. These include auto theft, copyright infringement, drug abuse and prevention, espionage, explosives and firearms, gambling, immigration, the Internal Revenue Code, money laundering, pornography, and racketeering. The third section on the administration of forfeiture programs consists of three chapters that include discussions of the seizure of assets, the establishment of probable cause, and the management of forfeiture programs. Appended sources of forfeiture information and selected provisions of the Money Laundering Control Act, a glossary, a 16-item bibliography, and a subject index