n South African Journal of Criminal Justice - Overview of asset forfeiture law in the United States

Volume 17, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1011-8527
  • E-ISSN: 1996-2118



This article provides a brief overview of asset forfeiture law in the United States. It is not intended to treat the subject or any of its sub-parts in depth. Rather, its purpose is to acquaint the reader with the various purposes for which asset forfeiture is employed as a law enforcement tool, with the types of property that can be confiscated, and with the procedures that are available under federal law. It concludes with a comparison of the relative merits of civil forfeiture versus criminal forfeiture.

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