One year later AFTER Assembly hearing for Halfway House reform

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Today marks the one year anniversary of my testimony at the Assembly hearing for the Halfway house system in NJ and I’m still awaiting to see how this saga unfolds.  

If you recall- my beloved younger sister, Viviana Tulli was strangled by David Goodell , a CEC escapee ,on our mother’s 60th birthday on August 30, 2010.

I have read with interest all published articles seeing what is being done in the name of reform and I still wait for an outcome.  

Yes, I do understand this all takes time, but how much longer? Are the powers that be at CEC waiting me out?? Come on guys, you can do better than that.  As you can see- I’m not giving up that easily.

I have been blessed with the outpouring of support and guidance by so many, including your very own Rosi and Bill Orr.

I have requested appointment to the Halfway House task force- or whatever it will be called- to ensure reform does happen.  Who better to be on that task force than myself?? I have a very personal interest in this and will not give up.

I have made contact with several legislators for help in suggesting my appointment- hoping I can make a difference in some way.

I’m an everyday person TRYING to turn my sister’s horrible murder into a positive triumph for  us.  Not an easy feat.  

I recall my testimony last year- and become emotional- emotional as I was that day. My voice cracking, my attempt to hold back my tears as I spoke- all while heavily pregnant.

This rollercoaster ride that began almost 3 years ago has not been a fun ride.  There have been great ups and horrible lows, with some twists and turns for flair.

How can I right such a huge wrong on behalf of so many entities.  Yes, I will admit David killed her.  David, one month ago in court did ADMIT to faking a seizure and gave graphic  detail on “grabbing her by the neck and strangling her.”  When asked if his intent was to kill Vivi- he responded “yes.”

So, rehabilitation for a violent offender at a halfway house facility? Please, show me.

Due to my filed lawsuit against CEC, I can’t speak much about it- in case it hurts us.  What a crock.


I continue on, everyday, hoping SOMETHING happens.   Patiently awaiting news that the bill that passed the Senate-becomes law.  

I also asked that if said bill does become law, it be named after my dearly missed sister.  What a great honor for me to make that happen and keep her spirit alive.  I admit, everything I do is to keep her alive. What a great way to show my love for her and keeping her alive for my family.  

In the end, it’s all about money- I get it. I do understand.  What a heavy price for my family to pay though……

Let me not get too depressing though, while we wait for news on this task force and reform- I have GOOD news.  I have been interviewed by MSNBC for the series, Lock Up- which I was told, will air near the end of 2013 or early 2014.  I spoke for nearly 4 hours.  David Goodell, the murderer,  was interviewed as well.  I can only imagine the things he said- trying to make himself an even bigger tough guy.  David is a small, thin fellow- so I can understand the need to make himself into a tough guy, to avoid beatdowns.  

The camera crew may also be with me at David’s sentencing on Sept. 13, 2013- when my family and myself give our victim’s impact statements.  It will be such an emotional day for all of us as we finally get our “justice.”

My family offered David a 45 year plea bargain to avoid the agony of trial.  Can you  imagine having to sit in court, seeing crime scene pictures, hearing how she died, so many details I can’t bring myself to be a part of.  The reality of her death has been more than enough. Now, we must attempt to heal.

So, here I am, one year later, scratching my head and waiting.    

Comments (5)

  1. firstamend07

    Nothing constructive will be done because one of the greatest political manipulators of all time controls the Halfway House system in this State and he is making a lot of money warehousing human beings.

    He has great influence with the very inner city politicians that are needed to have reform take place.

    They will not cross him.

    A task force might be created.But Task forces are usually the death knell for reform.

    The Clancy kingdom is almost impossible to take down or fix.

  2. Stella Tulli (Post author)

    Unfortunately, I expected nothing to really happen.  It is worth a shot to do SOMETHING, right?

    Give me points for having some balls, at the very least.  


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