L.A. Jail Overcrowding Means Lohan May Serve 1/4 Of Term


In the latest California celebrity jail case, a judge has sentenced actress Lindsay Lohan to 90 days in jail for repeatedly violating the terms of her probation, reports the Los Angeles Times. In a dramatic courtroom showdown, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Marsha Revel listened as Lohan promised to do better and defended her failure to attend weekly alcohol education classes and follow earlier orders by the judge.

Revel offering a list of instances in which the actress lied to the court and to authorities. Revel handed down three 30-day sentences and also ordered her to spend 90 days in a locked-down drug rehabilitation facility – a much stiffer penalty than prosecutors had sought. Lohan is scheduled to surrender July 20. She is expected to serve only a small fraction of the 90 days because of severe jail overcrowding. Most nonviolent female offenders serve one-quarter or less of their sentences. That calculation is based on factors that include credit for good behavior and crowd levels when she shows up for jail. In 2007, hotel heiress and reality TV star Paris Hilton was released after less than four days in jail despite a promise by the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department that she would serve 23 days of a 45-day sentence. She was eventually sent back to jail to finish the sentence.

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