Pubdate: Thu, 20 Jul 2017 Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution (GA) Copyright: 2017 The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Contact: http://www.ajc.com/ Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/28 Author: Anastaciah Ondieki GEORGIA WELCOMES FORFEITURE RULE REINSTATEMENT Georgia law enforcement agencies lost access to millions of dollars in potential funding when the U.S. Department of Justice in 2015 all but shut down a practice criticized as encouraging policing for profit. Now state law enforcement leaders are welcoming U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions' Wednesday announcement that the department is reinstating "adoptive forfeiture." Effective immediately, the federal government will help state and local police agencies keep cash or other assets they have seized on suspicion of ties to state crimes. Agencies can keep such property permanently even if no one is ever convicted. New safeguards will help prevent abuses, the department said in a directive to U.S. attorneys and other Justice Department officials announcing the new policy.