Former Packers DE Johnny Jolly Gets Early Release From Prison
Johnny Jolly, a former defensive end for the Green Bay Packers, has been released from prison and given 10 years of “shock” probation by a judge in Houston, Texas. This comes after serving only six months of a six-year sentence for numerous charges related to the controlled substance Codeine.
While I’m no legal expert, “shock” probation is given to first-time offenders who have been “shocked” by their prison experience, which would then hopefully bring about a change. Jolly gets 10 years of shock probation along with 200 hours of community service.
Jolly was originally drafted by the Packers in the sixth round of the 2006 NFL draft. The two years before Jolly was suspended indefinitely by the NFL in 2010, he played in all 32 games and was a key contributor to the defense.
The chances of Jolly ever returning to the NFL or Green Bay are slim to none, but it is always encouraging when a human being makes a genuine change in their life. Hopefully, this is just the beginning to a new life for Jolly.