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MADD Statement on Josh Brent Sentencing
By MADD | January 24, 2014| 18 Comments | Filed in: Drunk Driving

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is shocked and appalled with the sentence handed down to former Dallas Cowboy Josh Brent for his intoxication manslaughter conviction in the death of his friend and teammate Jerry Brown. This punishment sends the message that it’s ok to drink and drive—but it’s absolutely not.

Drunk driving is unacceptable and 100 percent preventable, yet each year more than 10,000 people are killed and another 345,000 are injured in drunk driving crashes. MADD wishes that a non-drinking designated driver would’ve been a part of their plans that night, so that Jerry Brown would still be alive today.



Submitted by 4titude at 02:00 PM on October 10, 2014
Jack, good for you! I would protest right along side of you any day. Your situation is very similar to my own. My last DWI was 20 years ago. I lost a 22+ year career because (in large part) to the vindictive and counterproductive laws MADD has spearheaded under the guise of making the roads safer. I have never injured anyone and in fact, have never even been involved in an accident while driving. I have paid dearly (and continue to) daily. I have been imprisoned, fined, humiliated, and treated like an axe murderer. For what? I have been deemed rehabilitated by several substance abuse counselors and remain sober to this day (20 years after my last DWI - committed at an immature age). Only through mass protest will these insane laws change. While driving is a privilege it is both un-American and unconstitutional (YES UNCONSTITUTIONAL!) to deprive an individual the right to employment, a livelihood and his/her pursuit of happiness. The time for change is now. Countless lives have been destroyed by vindictive laws that paint all DWI recipients with a broad brush. Incidentally, my father was killed by a hit and run driver in 2009. That driver fled the scene and remains unaccountable to this day - so YES MADD and all of your advocates, I feel your pain.
Submitted by Michael at 07:16 PM on August 5, 2014
I am no longer a Dallas Cowboy fan. I will not waste my time and energy on a team that will allow a killer. That is exactly what Josh Brent is a killer.He should spend at least 10 years in jail. Also he should not be able to play football anymore.
Submitted by Lorie at 06:14 PM on February 6, 2014
Ethan Couch, 4 killed and 9 injured one is a paraplegic Justice, peace, mercy....???? What if it was your mother, sister, brother, husband, wife, child.... 17, will be on 10 years probation after Texas District Judge Jean Boyd again decided against jail time. He'll also be in a drug and rehab center for an unspecified time. Prosecutors said Couch's blood-alcohol level was three times the Texas legal limit when his pickup slammed into a group of people who were helping a woman with a stalled car last June. The driver, Breanna Mitchell, and bystanders Brian Jennings, Hollie Boyes and daughter Shelby, were killed. Nine others were injured. According to police, Couch was going 70 mph in a 40 mph zone when he lost control of his father's pickup and his blood alcohol content was 0.24.
Submitted by d at 01:32 AM on January 30, 2014
I do not condone anyone driving drunk but some people can hold there alcohol better than others and thats the grey area, trying to find the average limits for the average person. with that said MADD has ruined more lives than it has claimed to have helped save, Hey i have an idea lets try prohibition again since that worked so well! Then we can make the REAL criminals rich AGAIN!
Submitted by Have a life at 10:15 AM on January 29, 2014
I do not support people that have ongoing vendettas...everyone has tradgedies in their lives. try helping these people before punishing them.
Submitted by Jack at 07:10 AM on January 29, 2014
I have had 3 dui convictions in my life. I'm 54.I never injured anyone, never caused an accident. I've lost my license for ten years after my second dui within 5 years. It severely limited my ability to support my self and family because buses don't run out to the suburbs where residential construction is. I was a carpenter by trade. During those ten years I changed my employment to the medical field first a CNA then a nursing student but because of my convictions which now are over twenty years old and MADD I can't be a RN even though I have never been convicted of a violent crime. I was denied enrollment into a LPN program in Florida because of my checkered past last year by a private school (Rasmussen college). I have been nicotine and alcohol free since 12/25/2004. That's nine years sober,and no arrest of any kind since.Still I don't get a second chance at life. I have to get my record sealed to be able to get a decent job. I have defaulted on my student loan over $120,00.00 dollars and still acquiring interest as we speak, because I can't get a job that will pay enough so that I can pay it back.I'm a disabled veteran going back to school under Voc-Rehab and was jerked around by my counselors for two years because even though I was legally eligible to be licensed by the state they meaning the school and my counselors denied me my rights.I am now attending school (it only took two years of being screwed around)to prepare to apply to the school of Health Information Technology and go on with my life. I wrote this to bring light on the fact that over zealous police and mothers have made drunk driving laws so severe that it is ruining peoples lives to the point that they can't recover from it. I have six public intoxication charges ( I stopped driving, imaging that.)that were never filed and thus could be expunged from my record,but for some reason the judge denied me that even after two decades.I had enough of MADD.It's time to fight the oppression that others are dishing out to people who make a mistake. I got people protesting me because I want to seal my record.They still want to keep me down and out. It doesn't matter if I have become an elder in my church, a Knight's Templar, basically I have turned my life around and cleaned it up, but still there are those who want to oppress others even those who have straightened up. Rehabilitation,yes! lifetime punishment no!I'm going to the streets to protest and confront those who are ignorant and mean spirited.
Submitted by Matt at 04:09 PM on January 28, 2014
My son's killer, who was almost 3 times over the legal limit, only served 80 days. I also dislike the comments of forgiveness. If a drunk driver took a family member suddenly from them...
Submitted by bluedevil30 at 01:38 PM on January 28, 2014
I hope that MADD will picket NFL games where ever this guy or Dante Stallworth plays. There needs to be a Federal Drunk Driving law so states can't hand out low sentences like this one. The current DUI laws just aren't a sufficient deterrent to drunk driving. The first offense needs to be a 1 yr license suspension and a vehicle impound for 1 yr. The second offense needs to be a lifetime driving ban and a full vehicle seizure. More people are killed and injured by DD in 1 year than all US terrorist deaths since 9/11 and yet this issue persists!.
Submitted by riversider at 12:05 PM on January 27, 2014
A change of strategy is long overdue for M.A.D.D. It's time to take off the gloves and start naming NAMES of public officials, politicians, judges, legislators and anyone who has been the least bit against changing the laws and attitude of this subject.
Submitted by Equal RightsI at 11:26 AM on January 26, 2014
I see that you are so appalled about Brent, but I researched your blog and could not find anything about Ethan Couch. Do I sense a little discrimination's bad if a black man kills his team mate..don't get it twisted, I agree he was wrong for how irresponsible he was and he should have gotten a longer jail term. But Ethan Couch got off very easy after killing 4 people. Let's see you get all appalled about that situation. SMH!!! Should I contact the NAACP and see what they think.
Submitted by HashTag at 03:58 PM on January 25, 2014
Basically 6 six months in jail for murder? Thieves get longer sentences. What I cannot understand while I sit here and what CNN's coverage for over 4 hours straight so far about another gun shooting at a mall is WHY? Why does someone die every 51 minutes from a drunk driving crash that's 100% preventable but basically nothing is done, 6 months is nothing. If the news and govt spent half their efforts they waste on gun control and devoted it to alcohol control or appropriate sentences thousand more people would be saved each year. We should learn a lesson from mass shootings; the perpetrator never repeats his crime and 80% drunk drivers are repeat offenders. JUDGES are you paying attention?
Submitted by Storm at 05:57 AM on January 25, 2014
This sentence on Brent does not send any message other than if you have money and a good attorney, you will not be punished for anything... Killing, or anything else. How many are in prison because of DUI that have not killed anyone? Texas justice in motion, folks.
Submitted by None at 10:33 PM on January 24, 2014
Where was you comment about justin bieber?
Submitted by Jennifer at 10:04 PM on January 24, 2014
I am glad this man got probation. I am not for drunk driving and I am sorry that his friend and teammate died. What about forgiveness and mercy? I don't like that MADD has no mercy. Not all cases are the same. There is is a difference between a first time and repeat offender. There is also a difference when both the driver and passenger were drinking. I just don't think that life is black and white and believe that mercy and redemption should be considered.
Submitted by citizen joe at 06:52 PM on January 24, 2014
MADD just had to say something,since they legislated themselves out of existence.
Submitted by jurado at 06:38 PM on January 24, 2014
Well that's life, like we say i my town and this is very sad one king is dead another king is alive and really sucks but this is LIFE
Submitted by Adrian Devine Smith at 06:26 PM on January 24, 2014
I have to disagree with your statement(MADD)! The punishment was decided by a jury, and their decision does not send the message that it's ok to drink and drive. The real message in this whole matter, is about the power of forgiveness, and how it sets everything that should be in order! Jerry Brown's mother lost a son, but she did not lose what GOD has given her through JESUS, forgiveness!
Submitted by Dave at 05:42 PM on January 24, 2014
To be convicted of killing someone while driving drunk and receive less then a year in prison is appalling ,the judge who handed down this sentence should be impeached,

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