Ten percent of the people in Michigan who had some property seized by and then forfeited to the police in 2016 were not charged with a crime. That’s according to a new report from the Michigan State Police on asset forfeiture, a judicial process that lets a government agency keep the seized property.

There were 523 people who had property forfeited but were not charged with a crime. In total, 5,205 people were included in the survey. The report states that $12 million in cash and property was forfeited last year.

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