I find the concept of rewards a bit off-putting.

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I was reading about a new Texas program that offered rewards for help in unsolved murders. This brings up a huge question, who would hold onto that type of information until they got an opportunity to sell it? The answer is, pretty scummy people. So this brings up my question, why are we giving money to pretty scummy people?

Governor Abbott has set up a fund for people who give up information on unsolved murders.  I guess I'm not considering one thing, maybe, just maybe, there are some folks who are scared to come forward and a little bit of money may help them protect themselves.  Other than that, I kind of find it morally questionable to pay for this type of information.

I believe families deserve closure and criminals deserve to be punished, but I'm pretty skeptical about programs like this working. I guess we really don't lose anything by putting the offer out there, but it sure seems like a waste of time to me.

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