Resource: Chicago Impound

By: Institute for Justice

August 25, 2020

Institute for Justice

Jerome Davis and Veronica Walker-Davis did absolutely nothing wrong, yet lost their car to a system that made them feel like criminals. Their car was impounded by the city of Chicago, which tows and holds tens of thousands of vehicles each year. Vehicles can be impounded for littering, playing music too loudly, or myriad other offenses. To get their vehicle back, car owners face a lengthy process including multiple hearings, hefty administrative penalties and rapidly mounting towing and storage fees. The innocent and the guilty alike find themselves facing this expensive, uphill battle.