Civil Asset Forfeiture Reporting
The Civil Forfeiture Reform Act, HB17-1313, was enacted on August 9, 2017 and requires State and local law enforcement agencies authorized to effect civil forfeitures to biannually report:
- Specified information, if known, about forfeiture cases resulting in proceeds for the agency
- The amount of proceeds received from such cases
- A categorization of the expenditure of proceeds
- The retained balance of the forfeiture proceeds
The reporting process is online, with public access to the information and there is a fine for agencies that do not report within the time required.
The Act does not require law enforcement agencies to report any information that "is likely to disclose the identity of a confidential source; disclose confidential investigative or prosecution material that could endanger the life or physical safety of any person; disclose the existence of a confidential surveillance or investigation; or disclose techniques or procedures for law enforcement procedures, investigation, or prosecutions..."
NOTICE OF UPCOMING CHANGES
HB18-1020 has modified certain aspects of the reporting process. Upcoming changes to the reporting process will include the following:
- Expanded scope of reported assets and cases to include those forfeited pursuant to “any local public nuisance law or ordinance”
- Refined expenditure categories by adding “Disbursements” to itemize forfeiture proceeds disbursed to other agencies belonging to a multi-jurisdictional task force
- Clarified the statutory reference for agencies required to report forfeiture information from “Seizing Agency” to “Reporting Agency”
- 1313 Task Force Report (12/4/2017)
- Civil Asset Forfeiture Reporting FAQ v.1 (12/29/2017)
Reporting and Data
All reporting agencies that have received state or federal forfeiture proceeds within the applicable report period are required to submit a Civil Asset Forfeiture Report. A report is still required for each period, even if a Reporting Agency has not received proceeds. The biannual Civil Asset Forfeiture Reports filed pursuant to HB17-1313 cover six months of each year, and are due by June 1 and December 1 following the applicable reporting period.
NOTICE OF REPORTING DEADLINES
Civil Asset Forfeiture Reports will be due twice a year on the following dates:
- For the reporting period between July 1 and December 31 of each year, the agency shall file the report by June 1 of the following calendar year
- For the reporting period between January 1 and June 30, the agency shall file the report by December 1 of that calendar year
To complete your Civil Asset Forfeiture Report, or to view reported information, please use the systems below.