Massachusetts law allows up to 10% of drug dealers’ cash and assets seized annually during the course of narcotics investigations to be used to benefit nonprofit community groups within the district attorney’s jurisdiction. The amount of money varies yearly and is shared by the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, the Massachusetts State Police, and local law enforcement agencies.
The Asset Forfeiture Community Reinvestment Program has provided the district attorney’s office an opportunity to give funding to youth groups and programs in the cities and towns of Suffolk County that are non-profit organizations with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status and that work to keep young people off drugs and out of trouble.
DA Conley believes that investing in positive programs that provide leadership, activities, and mentors for young people is one way to help reduce crime, violence and drug use.
The 2012 Asset Forfeiture Community Reinvestment Program application is available here: AFRP Application 2012.