The ability of law enforcement agencies to confiscate cash and other property without even making an arrest or filing charges is a subject we have written about extensively.  Yesterday a working group met in Washington met to discuss how this aberrant practice can be ended.
The Washington Post is reporting:
Two dozen civil liberties activists, legal specialists and Capitol Hill staffers from across the political spectrum convened Thursday to discuss reforms for civil asset-forfeiture laws, which allow local and state police to take cash and property from Americans without proving a crime has occurred……

The session was organized by the Institute for Justice after a series of articles in The Washington Post showed that local and state police have seized more that $2.5 billion from people without filing warrants or indictments since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. The seizures came under the Justice Department’s Equitable Sharing Program, the largest asset-forfeiture program.