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My name is Gary Sahlin. 

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Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a cop? How about what it’s like to be a criminal?

In the world of criminal justice, there’s always a good cop and a bad criminal. But which one was Gary Sahlin? Meet the man who was both! In this poignant autobiography Sahlin recounts his dreams of becoming a police officer after he served honorably in the US Navy; how he became both Good Cop & Bad Criminal when he busted robbers as a city police officer; how his life’s path changed due to several unfortunate events and some very poor decisions that led him to prison for twenty years; and how he found hope inside with his unique approach towards rehabilitation. Navigating through the nation’s toughest prisons can be difficult for anyone—especially ex-law enforcement officers struggling with their own personal circumstances. This book is a riveting and emotional memoir about life on both sides of the law.

About Me

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Life has been one hell of a ride! I suppose you can say I went from one extreme to the other. I was a police officer for 3 years and a bank robber for 1 day. I spent nearly 17 years in the federal prison system spending time in 12 different institutions. Since being released from prison I have dedicated my life to helping others avoid the same mistakes that I’ve made.

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