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Massachusetts State Legislation

Asset Forfeiture

Bill Number: H.2454

Sponsors:

Petition of Antonio F. D. Cabral, Robert M. Koczera, Colleen M. Garry, Gloria L. Fox, Karen Spilka and Susan C. Fargo

Official Summary:

Relative to using twenty percent of seized assets from drug forfeitures for drug treatment and prevention programs.

DPFMA Position/Summary:

DPFMA ONLY supports Asset Forfeiture when there has been a conviction directly related to the assets seized. DPFMA supports the use of seized assets for treatment, education and other social programs in a much larger proportion then 20% vs. 80% for law enforcement proposed in this bill. DPFMA would like law enforcement to receive enough funds to cover state expenses caused by asset seizure.

Action on Bill:

  • 01/01/03 H Referred to the committee on The Judiciary
  • 01/01/03 S Senate concurred
  • Public Hearing date Apr 10, 2003 at 1:00pm in Room A-1
  • Nothing New Listed as of 3/26/04

Complete Bill Language & Info:

www.state.ma.us/legis/bills/house/ht02454.htm

Bill Number: S.1141

Sponsors:

Petition of Dianne Wilkerson, Charles E. Shannon, David P. Magnani, Colleen M. Garry and Patricia D. Jehlen

Official Summary:

To provide that proceeds from drug case convictions be used for drug treatment.

Position/Summary:

DPFMA ONLY supports Asset Forfeiture when there has been a conviction directly related to the assets seized. DPFMA supports the use of seized assets for treatment, education and other social programs in a much larger proportion then 50% of funds to drug rehab the other 50% to law enforcement or split between any other agency involved proposed in this bill. DPFMA would like law enforcement to receive enough funds to cover state expenses caused by asset seizure. This is a better step then H.2454.

Action on Bill:

  • 01/01/03 S Referred to the committee on The Judiciary
  • 01/01/03 H House concurred
  • Public Hearing date Oct 23 am at 11:00 in Room A-1
  • 03/24/04 S Accompanied a study order, see S2288 -SJs 1674-1675

Complete Bill Language & Info: www.state.ma.us/legis/bills/st01141.htm

 
Fact
In 2002, the Bush administration spent more than $18.822 billion on the "War on Drugs."

Fact
The United States has locked up nearly a half a million people for non-violent drug offenses. We now have the largest prison population in the world.

Fact
In 2000, Massachusetts had the highest reported rate of illegal drug use in the nation. In 2001, there were over 14,000 adult drug arrests in Massachusetts, of which nearly 75% were for possession.

Fact
In 1999, minorities, who use & sell drugs at similar or lower rates than whites and who represent less than 20% of the state population, made up 54% of all state drug convictions, 80% of all mandatory drug convictions, and in Suffolk County, 89% of all school-zone convictions (imposing a mandatory minimum sentence of two years).

Fact
Research shows that decriminalizing marijuana in Massachusetts would save the state at least $24.3 million in law enforcement resources and would not lead to an increase in marijuana use.

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