On Tuesday July 19, 2010, Lindsay Lohan’s jail sentence begins at Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood, California. Though her sentence is for 90 days, sources say she can be expected to serve about 25% of this time.
According to The Daily News, “her new lawyer, Robert Shapiro, has still not convinced the troubled actress that she must surrender to her 90 day sentence.” Her friends have reported she has been living at the Pickford Lofts sober living home where Samantha Ronson and mother Dina have been able to visit her. One source close to Lohan has stated “It’s been a rough weekend. She has not been able to sleep and has barely been eating. All weekend, Lindsay kept crying, chain smoking and chewing her nails.”
We have watched Lindsay Lohan grow up and become a major a film star, and we have watched her decline personally the whole way. We have read about loud screaming arguments with ex girlfriend Samantha Ronson, car chases, Lindsay being thrown out of clubs, uninvited to parties, and fired from jobs. As recently as May of this year she was photographed with “white powder.” According to The Hollywood Gossip, Lindsay says of the image “What!?? That’s a set up that’s so untrue!”
Yet 48% of the people polled in regards to the photograph voted that she belongs in jail. Yes, she does. And yes, she has been sentenced to jail for ninety days.
This is a wonderful thing for Lindsay. While she may not serve her entire sentence, going to jail will be a wake up call for her, as it should be for anyone. While inside jail she won’t have access to parties, she won’t have photographers trailing her everywhere trying to capture every image they can get which casts her in a negative light. Her inpatient rehab is a blessing. If she takes it seriously and continues on as an outpatient, she has a chance to beat drugs once and for all. In fact, Lohan’s jail sentence can be considered a blessing in disguise, giving her a chance to grow as a person, and many wonderful opportunities may open up for her once she has regained control of her life.
While people love a story of a starlet falling into a downward spiral (think Britney Spears), people also love a great comeback. According to Fox News, Hollywood publicist Michael Levine stated “Of course she can come back. But the question is, will producers and the public be bothered with her then?” And the answer is yes, of course they will. Lindsay Lohan’s jail sentence is not the end of her life. It is simply a bump in the road of her life. Hopefully this time next year we will see a barrage of news about how well Lohan is doing, instead of news on about her going to jail.