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Author Archives: Tammy Koelling

Coming Back

“Emotional roller coaster,” best describes the feelings and conversation to be had with a family member or close contact who has been incarcerated for a crime. Preserving your relationship is a challenge and perplexing at best. Whether rightfully or wrongfully convicted, individuals are forced to re-establish themselves within a society that is distressingly different from […]

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FIRST, DO NO HARM

 The Hippocratic oath, “First, Do No Harm,” is a prerequisite vow taken by all physicians. A pledge of integrity for patients, who are placing their lives and welfare into a doctor’s hands. An age-old and creditable responsibility. This sworn promise is subsequently enforced thru strict malpractice regulation. This same principle, “First, Do No Harm” is […]

NO COLD CASES!

  The role of any law enforcement official is based on Integrity, a mandatory virtue when you accept responsibility for another person’s life and welfare. A criminal investigation process begins with the police and detectives gathering case evidence. After reviewing this discovery material, the prosecutor is required to pass it on to the defense counsel […]

FAMILIES DESTROYED BY POLITICS AND CRIMINAL INJUSTICE

  Becoming involved with the criminal justice system is typically a beginning without end for anybody charged with a major crime. The emotional impact extends well into the family, with each person managing their anger, denial or rejection differently. Proven guilty, the punishment would be expected, and individual feelings ostensibly dealt with. This aftermath has […]

A WRONGFUL CONVICTION IS A TRAGEDY

“I am innocent God; don’t let them destroy  the life that you have given me.” Bureau of Justice Statistics from the United States Department of Justice conceded that 8% to 12% of state prisoners are actually or factually innocent. If the error ratio of rightful convictions resides around ten percent nationally, 200,000 innocent people are […]