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Editor: Kevin Cole
Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Thursday, September 16, 2021

"Mayor Lightfoot’s plan to use asset forfeiture to curb violence looks like an empty move"

From the Chicago Sun-Times, via NACDL's news-of-interest:

Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s new plan to seize the assets of gang members looks like a disturbing indication that her administration is in over its head when it comes to solving Chicago’s violent crime problem.

Last week, the mayor proposed an ordinance to allow authorities to use asset forfeiture laws to sue gang members and snatch up their valuables.

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But asset seizures strike us as an outdated approach that might’ve worked in the 1980s against East Coast organized crime bosses and South Florida drug dealers, but would be virtually useless in curbing the violence on the streets of Chicago today — especially given that the violence is concentrated in poor neighborhoods where assets are few to begin with.

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