Government Profiteering

Government profiteering is an especially  pernicious form of cronyism that occurs when the law gives government agencies a direct financial incentive in depriving citizens of their rights and their property. Civil asset forfeiture, fines that in turn fund the agency doing the fining, and court fees that are payable upon conviction, are all examples. 

1889's Papers on Government Profiteering

Well Begun is (Only) Half Done: The Supreme Court’s Excessive Fines Decision; Need for Further Reform by Mike Davis summarizes the recent federal Timbs case out of Indiana in which the U.S. Supreme Court declared the Eighth Amendment's protection against excessive fines applies to states. The paper calls for the abolition of civil asset forfeiture, which was partly at issue in Timbs.