Seized assets in MS: Who should get funds?

The state public defender is advocating that forfeited funds should go to the state, not individual law enforcement agencies.

Andre de Gruy, who is a member of the Asset Forfeiture Task Force created by the Legislature, has submitted his own recommendations for reforming state laws governing asset forfeiture.

The forfeited funds are public funds, de Gruy said, and they are forfeited because they are tainted by a violation of the laws of the state and therefore should forfeit to the state, not a political subdivision or particular agency….

…The task force chairman, state Rep. Mark Baker, R-Brandon, said its work was basically done and bullet points have been laid out that will be used to draft legislation….

…De Gruy said he supports Baker’s proposals for more oversight and transparency of all forfeitures, but he doesn’t think Baker’s proposals go far enough.

Clarion Ledger