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Sessions wants to let law enforcement seize more property

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Yesterday at the National District Attorneys Association, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that he will be issuing a directive making it easier for police across the nation to permanently confiscate a criminal suspect's property.

Why it matters: Asset forfeiture is banned in 14 states before there are criminal charges, but the directive would allowing state and local officials to go around their state legislatures, confiscate a suspect's property and file it with a federal prosecutor.

"The Justice Department should be helping state legislatures not creating a financial incentive for state and local law enforcement to go against their own legislatures," Robert Everett Johnson, an attorney from the Institute forJustice told Axios.