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NCJ Number: 119775 Find in a Library
Title: Committee on the Forfeiture of Assets in Criminal Offences of the Howard League of Penal Reform
Journal: Bulletin on Narcotics  Volume:35  Issue:2  Dated:(April-June 1983)  Pages:71-75
Author(s): A Nicol
Date Published: 1983
Page Count: 5
Document: PDF
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: Austria
Annotation: The possible forfeiture of drug proceeds to the State is an issue which has generated world-wide interest.
Abstract: A 1980 decision by the House of Lords in the United Kingdom ruled that the English criminal courts lacked the power to forfeit such profits even though earned by convicted defendants. The Howard League of Penal Reform, concerned that judges would impose longer prison sentences, established an independent committee to propose reforms and to look at models for confiscatory powers. Also of concern is the delicate balance between ensuring that crime does not pay and the commitment to due process before financial punishments are imposed. 2 references. (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Forfeiture law
Index Term(s): Drug law enforcement; Laws and Statutes; United Kingdom (UK)
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