In case you hadn’t already heard about it, the government can take your stuff without a warrant, a criminal charge, or a hearing. And thanks to a program restarted by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, it got a lot easier to do so over the summer.
The process is called civil asset forfeiture, and it leads to situations where people who haven’t even been charged with a crime lose their possessions. Sometimes they have to fight uphill for years to get them back.
However, the House of Representatives has recently made a move to protect your Fourth Amendment rights with an amendment in a recently passed spending bill, which now heads to the Senate. In a segment of Off the Hill, we bring you stories of real people who have had their lives upended by the practice and tell you how Congress could clamp down hard on it.