Found November 18, 2011 on Fox Sports Wisconsin:
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GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Green Bay Packers defensive lineman B.J. Raji is coming to the defense of his former teammate, Johnny Jolly, who was sentenced to six years in prison Thursday after violating his probation for a drug conviction. "It's sad to see that someone with a serious addiction problem like that isn't able to get help when he's in need, as opposed to just being sent off to jail," Raji said Friday following practice. Raji was a Packers rookie in 2009 when he played side-by-side on the line with Jolly that season. Prior to the sentencing, the Associated Press reported that Jolly told State District Judge Denise Bradley, "I want to go to rehab to get help." According to the report, Jolly spent eight weeks in court-ordered rehab after his second arrest. "We're a bit biased; that's one of my brothers that this happened to," Raji said. "We're not happy about it." Jolly was facing charges of possessing a compound c...
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  • Jolly's sentence is a crime in and of itself. Substance abuse is a disease and professional people in all walks of life can suffer from this and can have a coexisting mental disorder. People can have relapses due to depression and/or stress and they need help and compassion not prison. I have documentation that shows an estimated 40% to 60% of adults with alcohol or drug problems also suffer from a co-occurring psychiatric disorder in their lifetime. With this it is critical to understand how to assist these individuals and help them. It is sad that the courts do not have the knowledge and lack the compassion to help. Instead prison is their solution and with all the issues we now that exists in prisons really good people like Jolly won't benefit wasting their life in prison.

    The system needs to be changed. Some drugs need to be legalized to remove the penalty of a felony. Look, prohibition wasn't the answer, it created an underground economy and created Al Capone and the mob. Our government created organized crime and wasted millions of dollars in pursuit of people they made into criminals. Since it was illegal the turf wars killed thousands of people over the money illegal alcohol created. We are doing the same thing only now the corruption is more widespread and many more innocent people are being killed. Some of the blood is on the hands of those in government.
  • damn! that white scum bucket Lizzy Lohan has broken probation how many times and she still gets away with a slap on the wrist, beanstalk Paris Hilton, etc.. You put a black professional man in prison for 6 years. Damn! still aint no justice for a niggga.
  • Never was and never will be. And Lindsey Lohan will never go to jail, even though she deserves to, because she is a white female and white female drug addicts are not perceived as a "threat" to society. IMO, she's a threat everytime she comes out of her house! The reality is that fundamental changes for black people in this country can be measured by inches, It is still very much the same old, same old. This country is sick. Very sick.
  • Six years? What the hell kind of justice is that? The guy was swilling Nyquil for God's sake. He's an addict who made some really bad decisions which have cost him dearly. He's not a predator nor does he have a history of violence. How can locking this guy up for 6 years benefit anyone?
  • How is it that the court system can let Lindsay Lohan intentionally defy ALL their court ORDERS over and over again and she still get slapped on the hand and still get to do what she pleases? BUT...Jolly violated his probation for a drug habit and gets sent in for 6 years. I will be praying asking GOD over rule Jolly's prison decision, cleanse him and return him back to football...in the name of Jesus!
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