The Philadlephia District Attorney’s Office has so far refused to disclose any details about how it spends and shares with the Philadelphia Police Department the millions of dollars it brings in via civil asset forfeiture cases every year.
Via an open records request, however, I was able to obtain annual reports submitted by the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office (and the other counties’ D.A.s) which reveal how much revenue is brought in via forfeiture, from what sources, and some details about how this money is spent.
Check back here for more reports in coming days.
Philadelphia Asset Forfeiture Reports (submitted annually to the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office, and obtained via an open records request)
These reports show that the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office has raised between $4 and $6 million via civil asset forfeiture in recent years. The bulk of these proceeds are raised via the forfeiture of “assets,” — mostly small amounts of cash seized in low-level drug arrests (see my story, “The Cash Machine,”).