Kara Bland's 2010 Chevy Malibu still had temporary plates when police seized it for a crime she did not commit. She loaned it to the father of her daughter, who was arrested after picking up someone who had marijuana on him.
For six weeks, Bland took her 6-year-old daughter to school on a Chicago city bus and relatives helped her run errands before a judge released the car on bond. It took a total of nine months to officially regain ownership and cost her $1,000.
"They intentionally try to make this process as difficult and confusing as they can ... so that people will eventually give up," she said.
Bland, 24, was a victim of a contentious practice that...