The Justice Department plays a huge role in asset forfeiture through its Equitable Sharing Program . The program is far from constitutional, but the backers of the “thin blue line” and the “war on drugs” care little about human rights. The program allows state and local police to have their forfeiture cases “adopted” by the federal government. When the feds take over the case, the seized money is put into the equitable sharing pool. In return, the department gets up to 80 percent of those funds back. The equitable sharing program distributes hundreds of millions of dollars a year to police departments around the country, giving police more tools to steal even more money and trample the rights and freedom of otherwise peaceful people.