The state would have to obtain a conviction before police could keep and then sell property taken from those accused of a crime under legislation the Senate approved 22-10.

The bill, which now goes to the Assembly, also would require a court to find the property seized is proportional to the crime committed.

Now, law enforcement can seize property through a forfeiture proceeding that can impact anything that was directly or indirectly derived from or used for the commission of a crime.

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