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Massachusetts is an outlier when it comes to civil forfeiture laws

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 supported by the Pulitzer Center.

This article was originally published on WBUR.org.

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