You can be sure there’ve been plenty of personnel at the L.A. County Jail hoping that Lindsay Lohan’s new attorney – former O.J. Simpson lawyer Robert Shapiro – would somehow sidestep her 90-day sentence, ordered to begin tomorrow (7/20), by getting her into rehab last week. Holding high-profile celebrity prisoners can be a nightmare for penal institution staff. They generate extraordinary media scrutiny, receive love mail and hate mail, groupie wannabes, unsolicited medications. They are the targets of other prisoners who believe they can make names for themselves by taking a celebrity down.
You may recall that Simpson’s stay at the Los Angeles County Men’s Central Jail — after his arrest in the 1994 murders of his ex-wife Nicole and her friend Ronald Goldman – reportedly cost more than $230,000 for the first four months alone. Special arrangements for the ex-NFL star included sleeping pills and a cervical pillow – after his attorneys made a fuss about his bed aggravating an old football injury. He was also reportedly allowed 10 more hours a week to walk outside his cell than other inmates. (Reports have Simpson “bored out of his mind” in his current incarceration at Lovelock Correctional Center in Nevada.)
When Robert Downey, Jr. was locked up at the L.A. County Jail in 1997 on a probation violation, his friends speculated that he’d probably do just about 70 of his 180-day jail sentence because they figured he’d be in a private cell and it would be too expensive to keep him locked up for long. Wrong!
Authorities surprised Downey and his handlers and put the actor in “the Pod,” or general population, of the facility. Shortly thereafter, headlines about Downey getting cut in an altercation with another inmate appeared everywhere.
Now it’s Lindsay Lohan facing a stay at the county jail. Time will tell what style of treatment she’ll receive.