Lindsay Lohan reports to jail today (July 20) and will likely face hard time because of all people, Paris Hilton.
Hilton, the last high-profile female celebrity to do time in the Los Angeles County Jail in Lynwood, embarrassed jail officials because of all the perks she received. Now officials seem determined to see that LiLo does hard time.
You may recall, Hilton was sentenced to 45 days in jail in 2007, and the resulting fiasco left the criminal justice system red faced and vowing to avoid the same mistakes again.
Hilton initially caused an uproar because she only served five days of a 45-day sentence.
A public outcry caused the presiding judge to send her back to the slammer for another 18 days, according to the Los Angeles Times.
But that did little to ease the uproar when it was disclosed that Hilton received all kinds of special jail perks because of her celebrity status.
In fact the union that represents sheriff’s deputies, who run the jail, complained because of the favorable treatment.
As a result, jail officials appear determined to go out of their way to see that LiLo is treated like every other common street walker who gets locked up.
“The sheriffs may be tougher on her than most females in the jails,” Stan Goldman, a Loyola law professor, told the Times.
Lindsay, who grew up in New York, has already gotten some tough love from the Judge.
Lohan must serve three consecutive 30-day sentences, which means one sentencing must end before the other begins.
The can’t run at the same time like concurrent sentences, which would cut down on the time served.
But Lohan, a well-known lesbian, will get a cell to herself — for her own protection — as did Hilton or would any well-known inmate.
But beyond that, most of the perks afforded Hilton are likely to be off limits.
For example, Hilton received a clean new jail jumpsuit, while regular inmates are routinely issued well-worn jumpsuits.
Lindsay will undoubtedly get one that’s tattered.
Hilton had a personal cell phone for her use, avoiding long lines to use the jail telephone like normal imates. No luck Lindsay.
Hilton also received daily visits from top brass at the Lynwood facility, including a star-struck captain who hand-delivered her mail. Lindsay definitely won’t get that treatment
Letters will be delivered by inmate trusties, according to the Times.
Lohan has already received more opportunities to escape a jail sentence than a cat has lives.
But this time, her luck has run out. Whatever happens in jail, she is likely to emerge as a different person.