Assets Forfeited and Returned by RI Police

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Based on data provided by the attorney general’s office responding to an Access to Public Records Act (APRA) request, the state’s various police agencies have seized $10,337,190 worth of cash and property since 2012, returning $1,417,559.¬† That’s an 86% forfeiture rate.

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That rate is not evenly distributed across programs, however.  Law enforcement kept every dollar seized under a search warrant or on the grounds of eluding police, with other crimes producing the following forfeiture rates:

  • Tobacco: 10%
  • Gambling: 30%
  • Prostitution: 50%
  • Counterfeiting: 60%
  • Narcotics: 92%


  • Tommy Cranston

    I wonder how these small forfeitures take place. Please tell me cops are not stopping people for minute traffic violations, asking them how much money they have and then stealing a few hundred bucks?
    We need to end the war on drugs and the ever expanding police state. What a joke that the blacks who are most damaged by these things keep stupidly voting for the party that has created the police state.

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