Police in Louisville, Kentucky can seize civilian assets with or without a criminal conviction.
Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting
Kentucky law says seized money must be used for direct law enforcement purposes. A KyCIR review of $3.7 million in spending records shows agencies take varied interpretations of that law.
A bill proposed in Kentucky would withhold some funding from law enforcement agencies unless they report details on their asset forfeiture activity every year. The move follows a KyCIR investigation.
In Kentucky, just 11 percent of police agencies report how much money and assets they seize every year. The full extent of assets seized statewide is unknown.