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..."
Reporting and Data
State and local agencies that have received state or federal forfeiture proceeds within the applicable report period are required to submit a Civil Asset Forfeiture Report.
August 9, 2017 was the effective date of HB 17-1313. This act applies to seizures conducted on or after the applicable effective date of this act.
A report is still required for each period, even if a Seizing Agency has not received proceeds.