Lohan is due to surrender Tuesday to a
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has not said exactly how long it plans to incarcerate Lohan, but authorities have said that it could amount to only 25 percent of her sentence. Some speculate that it could be even less, given jail overcrowding and the relatively minor nature of Lohan's probation violation on a drunken driving arrest.
The situation puts the Sheriff's Department in a tough position, coming three years after Hilton's early release from jail created national headlines and ultimately resulted in the hotel heiress being shipped back to jail to finish her sentence.
"The sheriff and his department know they are going
to be under the microscope. They know they are going to be vilified if
people perceive she's getting out early or is getting special
"We won't know until the judge remands her into our custody and we see the judge's written order," he said. "That order could dictate what the Sheriff's Department can do with Lohan. It could say no alternatives. No work release or involuntary electronic monitoring."
The jail overcrowding problems are actually less than what they were when Hilton was sent to jail.
Between 2002 and 2006, more than 150,000 inmates walked free after serving a fraction of their sentences — many of them less than 10 percent. A 2006 Los Angeles Times investigation found that almost 16,000 inmates released early were rearrested while they were supposed to still be in jail. Sixteen were charged with murder.
In 2007, when
The housing boom of the mid- to late-2000s helped fill the county's coffers with property tax revenue, allowing the Sheriff's Department to increase the length of jail stays for men to 80 percent of their jail times.
But in March, Sheriff
During the fluctuations in early releases, the
Other factors play into how long someone remains incarcerated. An inmate who enrolls in a drug rehabilitation program in jail could end up serving a larger percentage of their sentence so that they can complete the course, Whitmore said.
To ease the space crunch, jail supervisors have also offered nonviolent inmates the chance to serve their sentences at home while wearing an electronic ankle bracelet. Other low-level inmates have been involuntarily placed on home detention to make room in the jails for more serious offenders.
Over the weekend, Lohan stayed in the Pickford Lofts, a sober living facility founded by her new attorney,
Shapiro would not get into specifics about what he expects to happen Tuesday but in a statement indicated he will ensure that she complies with the judge's directions:
"I have agreed to represent Ms. Lohan on the
condition she comply with the terms of probation, including a
requirement of jail, imposed by Judge
Sheriff's officials say that during Lohan's stay she
will, like Hilton, be isolated from the general population for her own
safety and that this is usually the case with well-known people. The
jail has already housed in recent years
In the wake of Hilton's time, the union representing
And officials were allegedly ordered to give her a new jail uniform while many inmates use recycled ones.
The review also noted that Hilton's release was not out of the ordinary because most female misdemeanor offenders serve only four days of their sentences.
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