Civil Asset Forfeiture Summit Dallas

Right on Crime

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM (CST)

On February 9, 2016, from 4:00 to 8:00 pm, Right on Crime, in partnership with The Institute for Policy Innovation, will host a policy summit followed by
a cocktail reception in Dallas, TX.

Civil asset forfeiture is a mechanism that allows a very low burden of proof before law enforcement is able to seize property from individual citizens and businesses. The assets can then be re-purposed, often providing funding for the very law enforcement agency that seized it. While forfeiture began as a way to put criminal gains to a useful purpose, this government function has been expanded much too far, and now endangers individual rights and the integrity of law enforcement.


4:00 pm to 5:15 pm – Panel I
5:15 pm to 5:30 pm – Break
5:30 pm to 6:45 pm – Panel II
6:45 pm to 8:00 pm – Cocktail Reception

Panel I – 
When Innocence Does Not Help: How to Communicate about Civil Asset Forfeiture
Civil Asset Forfeiture is an issue shrouded in complexity and lack of understanding from the public. On this panel we will cut through the confusion and teach you how to communicate about this important issue.

Rep. Matt Schaefer
– Texas House of Representatives
Matt Simpson – American Civil Liberties Union
Jason Pye – FreedomWorks
Dan Isett – Right on Crime (Moderator)

Panel II – 
Understanding Forfeiture Policy:  A Muddled History and a Path Forward
Most Americans do not understand why the government can take your property without so much as a criminal allegation, or how such a practice is constitutional.  On this panel we will discuss the history of forfeiture in the United States and in Texas, and what solutions might be employed to curtail abuses of the practice.

Sen. Konni Burton – Texas State Senate
Sen. Don Huffines – Texas State Senate
Dr. Merrill Matthews – Institute for Policy Innovation
Brad Cates – Former New Mexico State Legislator
Derek Cohen – Right on Crime (Moderator)


Not in the Dallas area? This event will be livestreamed.
Click here to register

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