Lindsay Lohan Laughs Last: Starlet Released from Jail After Only 4.5 Hours
Are we surprised? Not really, but it’s still sort of dumb that Lindsay Lohan only served a few hours of her 30-day prison sentence.
We all knew it was likely that when Lindsay Lohan was sentenced to 30 days in jail last week, she probably wouldn’t be serving much of her time. However, we might not have anticipated exactly how much of that time she wouldn’t be serving—because she’s been released from the pokey a mere four and a half hours after she checked in. Aaaaand Lindsay inexplicably wins again.
According to TMZ, LiLo checked into the Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood, California at 8:48pm PST on Sunday night, only to find herself unexpectedly free by 1:30am on Monday morning. People reported that her extremely early release was prompted by overcrowding in the facility—a possibility we knew might spring up, as nonviolent offenders are often sent home after serving only small portions of their sentences, courtesy of a federal mandate geared towards easing overpopulation in jails.
However, four and a half hours is big difference from, say, even the 6 days we initially thought she would be serving. True, if she slips up this time, she’ll be facing an additional 270-day jail sentence; but it’s likely that she’d be released super early from that one as well, if it came down to it. And somehow that seems… not right. I realize that overcrowding in prisons is a big issue, and that there naturally has to be some prioritizing as a result—but at the same time, I can’t help but think that repeat offenders like Lindsay are never going to learn if they never actually have to serve their sentences. LiLo’s case also carries with it an additional problem: If she keeps getting away with everything she does, she’s likely to have succumbed to the belief that her celebrity status makes her “special.” And that helps no one—especially not Lindsay herself.
I don’t really know if there’s a solution to the problem. But I still think Lindsay should be required to serve more than a few hours of a 30-day sentence, celebrity status and overcrowding aside. Who’s with me?
Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s associate editor.