A Common Practice Among Local Police Draws Criticism from a Supreme Court Justice

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A common practice among New York and New Jersey police came under sharp criticism from a Supreme Court Justice this week. It's called "civil forfeiture."

As Andrew Cohen, Senior Editor at The Marshall Project explains, civil forfeiture is a procedure that allows police to arrest a person and in the process, seize that person's money, property or even real estate.

And as Cohen told WNYC's Jami Floyd, politicians on the right and left are concerned that police departments are abusing civil forfeiture "to the tune of billions of dollars" a year.