The civil asset forfeiture system allows police and prosecutors to take and keep money and property they suspect is part of a drug crime.
Many states have eased their civil forfeiture laws, but in Massachusetts, prosecutors are able to keep seized assets using a lower legal bar than in any other state.
Shannon Dooling of WBUR reports.
This story was supported by the Pulitzer Center.
This article was originally published on WBUR.org.