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December 2016 , Page 49 

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State Criminal Justice Network - Legislative Update

By Monica L. Reid and Angelyn C. Frazer-Giles

Editor’s Note: Part Two of the state legislative update will be published in the January/February 2017 issue of The Champion. 

2016 State Legislative Victories Summary — Part 1

Each year, NACDL affiliate members, advocates of the State Criminal Justice Network, and many other reformists work diligently at the state level to bring about reform of key criminal justice issues. Issues include civil asset forfeiture, eyewitness reform, interrogation reform, sentencing reform, and a number of juvenile justice reforms. Part 1 of this state legislative victories report addresses civil asset forfeiture reform, discovery reform, restoration of rights, “ban the box,” and wrongful convictions.

Visit www.nacdl.org for updates on legislation.

Asset Forfeiture

During the 2016 legislative sessions, a number of states passed major reforms to their civil asset forfeiture laws. Eleven states now require a criminal conviction for forfeiture: California, Oregon, Nevada, Montana, New Me

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