Brother Keeper

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Am I my brother’s keeper? “Innocent until proven guilty,” and very often outside perspectives can drive a wedge between convicted murderers and their family. On many occasions family members are frowned upon because of the wrong doings of another family member. Whether it is a close relative or a distant relative that you are considered close to, their actions can very well leave a negative impact on your life. Despite what so called close friends will tell you, depending on the nature of the crime, and who was involved if those people feel strongly about the issue they could very well turn on you. Instead of being a shoulder to cry on or to just lend a listening ear those people will look at you in a different light. So unfortunately family find themselves questioning should they risk losing their friends or should they support their family. Despite what some believe to be the U.S. Constitution stating that no person shall be deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law society “friends and family” will almost always hold their own mental trial, and the end result is conviction not considering the feelings of all involved. When a family member is convicted of a serious crime, the remaining family is left to pick up the pieces. Therefore family members of convicted murderers sometimes find it difficult to cope with being torn between family, friends, and the victims.

Generally people have their own perception as to what is right and what is wrong. Very often society has an unrealistic social stigma in reference to individuals that have had some type of involvement with the justice system. It is very unfortunate that those individuals have developed a social prejudice against those that have made terrible choices in life, and sadly they cast the blame where it does not belong. In the 1998 No Second Chances for Murderers, Rapists, or Child Molesters Act, former Republican Attorney General of Florida Bill McCollum...
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