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In Massachusetts, prosecutors can hold money confiscated during civil forfeiture indefinitely, even when criminal charges have been dismissed. (Sophie Morse for WBUR)
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09:34Aug 18, 2021

It's easy for police to seize money. Worcester's district attorney makes it hard to get it back

Under Massachusetts' civil forfeiture system, police can confiscate property they suspect is part of a drug crime and prosecutors could hold it indefinitely, even when criminal charges have been dismissed. Trying to get money back is so onerous, legal experts say it may violate due process rights.

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