Equitable Sharing Program

The Department of Justice Asset Forfeiture Program (the Program) is a nationwide law enforcement initiative that removes the tools of crime from criminal organizations, deprives wrongdoers of the proceeds of their crimes, recovers property that may be used to compensate victims, and deters crime.

The
most important objective of the Program is law enforcement.

Equitable sharing further enhances this law enforcement objective by fostering cooperation among federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies.

Federal law authorizes the Attorney General to share federally forfeited property with partici¬pating state and local law enforcement agencies.

The exercise of this authority is discretionary and limited by statute.

The Attorney General is not required to share property in any case.

The U.S.

Department of the Treasury administers its own Asset Forfeiture Program.

For policies and program detail, please visit the Treasury Executive Office for Asset Forfeiture website www.treas.gov/offices/enforcement/teoaf/.

Agency - Department of Justice

The Department of Justice enforces the law and defends the interest of the United States, ensuring public safety against threats foreign and domestic; providing Federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime; seeking just punishment for those guilty of unlawful pursuits; and ensuring fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans.