Lecture: Asset Forfeiture in the United States

This is a presentation given at the Seminar on Recovery of State Assets and Regulation of Confiscation in Chile, Apr. 9, 2018, at Adolfo Ibanez University, Santiago, Chile. It begins by explaining the structure of the federal criminal justice system in the United States and the role that asset forfeiture plays in it. It then focuses on the critical role that civil or non-conviction-based forfeiture plays in the overall scheme for recovering the proceeds of criminal activity, and why countries such as Chile should enact such legislation.