LOS ANGELES (AP) - Lindsay Lohan has been released from jail,
but she's not exactly a free woman.
The actress was discharged at 1:35 a.m. Monday after serving 14
days of a 90-day sentence for violating her probation in a 2007
drug case, a sheriff's spokesman said. She is now required to begin
a three-month stint in rehab.
A prosecutor has said that Lohan cannot be released early and
will have to spend the entire time in treatment.
Lohan's abbreviated stay was not unexpected, although it was
considerably longer than the 84 minutes she spent at the same
facility in 2007. The judge said during Lohan's surrender on July
20 that she had no control over how long the actress would be
jailed, but did require her to serve her time at a women's jail
operated by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
Lohan's attorney, Shawn Chapman Holley, did not immediately
return an e-mail message seeking comment.
A judge in Beverly Hills, Calif., had ordered Lohan to report to
rehab within a day of her release from jail, but shortened that
time last week after conferring with Lohan's attorney and a
prosecutor. Los Angeles sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore said
Monday that the actress was required to report directly to rehab.
Inmates such as Lohan, 24, who are serving time for nonviolent
offenses typically have their stays reduced due to overcrowding and
credits for good behavior.
Media have been camped outside the jail since Lohan was booked
July 20, catching shots of her mother and sister coming to visit.
Holley has also frequently visited Lohan.
She was released to a waiting vehicle and did not walk out the
front entryway. That avoided a spectacle similar to when Paris
Hilton was released after serving a jail stint in 2007. Hilton
smiled and slapped hands with deputies who held back the assembled
throng of photographers before meeting her parents at a waiting
sport utility vehicle.
Lohan's sentence has put several of her projects on hold,
including a starring role in as Linda Lovelace in a biopic on the
porn star's life. It will also prevent her from promoting her role
as a gun-toting nun in Robert Rodriguez's "Machete."
Lohan pleaded guilty in August 2007 to two misdemeanor counts of
being under the influence of cocaine; no contest to two counts of
driving with a blood-alcohol level above 0.08 percent and one count
of reckless driving. She was sentenced to three years of probation.
The plea came after a pair of high-profile arrests earlier that
The jail facility in Lynwood has hosted several starlets,
including actress Michelle Rodriguez and Hilton. Lohan spent
84-minutes there in 2007 after being sentenced for her original
Rodriguez served 18 days of her 180-day sentence and was
released in January 2008. Hilton served 23 days in 2007 after she
was caught driving twice on a suspended license while on probation
for reckless driving.
At the time, inmates serving time for nonviolent offenses were
serving about 10 percent of their sentences; that figure has now
increased to about 25 percent, Whitmore said.
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