Philly agrees to overhaul civil forfeiture program, court filings say

September 18, 2018

Philadelphia City Hall.

By Staff

Philadelphia’s civil forfeiture program, which critics have assailed for allowing prosecutors to seize the cash and property of suspected criminals or their relatives before any charges are filed, will be overhauled as part of a court settlement, according to lawyers who sued the city over the practice.

In a proposed deal outlined in federal court filings Tuesday, attorneys said the city had agreed to place new limits on its seizures, more quickly hold hearings for defendants to challenge the seizures, and include judicial oversight earlier in the process, among other new procedures.

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