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NCJ Number: 155959 Find in a Library
Title: Investigating, Seizing and Confiscating the Proceeds of Crime
Author(s): M Levi; L Osofsky
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 92
Sponsoring Agency: Great Britain Home Office, Policing and Reducing Crime Unit
London, SW1H 9HD, England
Publication Number: ISBN 1-85893-390-0
Sale Source: Great Britain Home Office, Policing and Reducing Crime Unit
Research, Development and Statistics Directorate
Clive House, Room 415
Petty France
London, SW1H 9HD,
United Kingdom
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: The authors suggest that depriving criminals of the proceeds of their crimes is important in sending a strong message that crime does not pay; they also indicate that several factors have mitigated against the effective use of legislation in England and Wales to investigate, seize, and confiscate crime proceeds.
Abstract: Parliament has enabled the police and the courts to confiscate crime proceeds through the Drug Trafficking Offences Act of 1986 and the Criminal Justice Act of 1988. This legislation has recently been strengthened by the Criminal Justice Act of 1993 and the Drug Trafficking Act of 1994. The authors analyze the extent to which confiscated sums approach estimated crime proceeds, principles and impacts of confiscation, restraint and confiscation legislation, the organization of financial investigations within the police service, relationships between the police and other agencies, practical difficulties encountered by the police in enforcing confiscation orders, and reforms that will improve the enforcement of confiscation orders. Appendixes contain examples of investigative problems in drug and nondrug (property and retail) crime profit confiscation cases. 34 references and 5 tables
Main Term(s): Foreign police
Index Term(s): Cost analysis; Crime in foreign countries; Criminology; Drug forfeiture; Drug law enforcement; Drug law offenses; England; Foreign courts; Foreign crime prevention; Foreign laws; Forfeiture law; Property crimes; Retail business crimes; Wales
Note: Crime Detection and Prevention Series Paper No. 61
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