Lindsay Lohan began to serve her 90-day jail sentence on July 20, in a report on MTV’s website. The 24 year old violated her probation from two DUI incidents in 2007, and has been “cooperative,” according to authorities in Los Angeles County. Because of overcrowding, she will likely only serve 23 days in her cell. Lohan will be separated from other inmates for security reasons, since she is a high-profile person serving time.
Her lawyer, Shawn Chapman Holley, said that Lohan is “resolute,” and plans on taking responsibility for her actions by spending time in jail. Holley was Lohan’s attorney earlier in July before she resigned, only to be replaced by O.J. Simpson attorney Robert Shapiro, who also resigned and was replaced by Holley.
How will Lohan deal with being in jail? Even though she won’t have the cozy crib she’s used to, it shouldn’t be too bad, since she will be kept apart from the general populace of the jail. It’s only going to be three weeks of the three months, and she will likely get out and then have a rehabilitation assignment before her actual time is considered up. Yes, it will be a state-run jail in California, instead of a nice confinement, but Lohan should be well-protected.
Let’s compare Lindsay Lohan to another high-profile case of a celebrity going to jail to see how they will stack up. Martha Stewart was given a five-month term in 2004 after being found guilty of insider trading and lying to investigators about selling ImClone Systems stock in 2001, according to CNN.
Stewart spent five months in a federal women’s prison in Alderson, West Virginia. It is a minimum security facility, according to MSNBC. Afterward, she was ordered to spend five months in home confinement and pay a $30,000 fine as part of her sentence.
Martha Stewart was probably treated as well as Lohan while in prison. CBS News reported that her time in prison was “hideous” according to Stewart’s own words. She served as a liaison between prisoners and the staff during her five months there, and made the most of her situation. During her home confinement, she was monitored electronically with an ankle bracelet.
Since that time, Stewart has accomplished a lot. She started her own television network and media company called Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. Stewart has a satellite network show, and has bought the rights to the Emeril brand.
Comparing Lindsay to Martha
Unfortunately, Lindsay Lohan is no Martha Stewart. When Stewart went to jail, it was for a white-collar crime that many people engage in, it’s just that she lied to investigators about it. Bill Clinton got in trouble, not for having sex with a woman other than his wife, but because he lied about it.
Stewart was also 60 years old when she went to jail. Lohan is only 24, and surely will be beating herself up inside her drab cell when she really wants to be out partying. Stewart’s career took off even further after she served her time, as she had five months’ worth to think about her life. Hopefully Lohan’s shock time will serve its purpose and get her back on the right track.
I don’t see Lohan getting ready to take the world by storm soon because her own two parents constantly bicker back and forth as to their daughter’s safety. To back up this claim, the Washington Post reports that Lindsay Lohan tweeted just before her jail time, “I don’t want Michael Lohan Sr. anywhere near me, no matter where I am.” Her father showed up outside the courthouse to shout “We love you Lindsay” as she was whisked away to serve time.
MTV, CNN, MSNBC, CBS News and the Washington Post all contributed information for this article.