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The civil asset forfeiture system allows police and prosecutors to take and keep money and property they suspect is part of a drug crime.
Many states have eased their civil forfeiture laws, but in Massachusetts, prosecutors are able to keep seized assets using a lower legal bar than in any other state.
Shannon Dooling of WBUR reports.
This story was a collaboration with ProPublica and was supported by the Pulitzer Center.
This segment aired on October 27, 2021.