Request for Reprieve for Rodney Reed

Request for Reprieve for Rodney Reed

November 10, 2019 The Honorable Governor Greg Abbott Office of the Governor P.O. Box 12428 Austin, Texas 78711-2428 RE: REQUEST FOR REPRIEVE FOR RODNEY REED Dear Governor Abbott: The Lone Star Policy Institute respectfully urges you to grant Mr. Rodney Reed’s October 21, 2019 request for a 30-day reprieve of his pending November 20, 2019 execution. There is new, compelling…

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Criminal Asset Forfeiture Will Suffice

Criminal Asset Forfeiture Will Suffice

First and foremost, we need to establish what Civil Asset Forfeiture is and how it differs from Criminal Asset Forfeiture. In criminal asset forfeiture, the property of an individual is taken after charges are brought against them. However, in civil asset forfeiture, an individual does not have to be proven guilty or even charged with a crime for police to…

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In Texas, Renting Furniture Could Land You in Jail

In Texas, Renting Furniture Could Land You in Jail

Pay Your Dues or You Could Land in Jail: How Rent-to-Own Customers Are Facing Jail-Time Rent-to-own stores provide millions of Americans the opportunity to have possession of items they could not otherwise afford. By making steady payments, customers struggling with limited income or low credit can have their dream furniture or other merchandise within their own homes—at least that’s what…

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