So much for Paris Hilton not receiving preferential treatment by the California prison system. When she was sentenced to 45 days in Los Angeles County Jail on May 4, you’ll remember, Judge Michael Sauer made it clear she was to serve every day of that sentence and would not be allowed work release, furloughs, use of an alternative jail, or electronic monitoring in lieu of jail. And she was to be treated like any other prisoner. Now, however, her sentence has been reduced to 23 days, after prison officials gave her credit for “good behavior,” a sketchy term which factors in such things as her having shown up for her court date. Isn’t the drill supposed to be that perps are punished for skipping court dates, not rewarded for appearing at them? Plus, Hilton was 18 minutes late for hers. (And wouldn’t driving her Bentley after sentencing be considered bad behavior?) She’ll spend her time separated from the general inmate population at the detention center in Lynwood in a “special needs” housing unit reserved for high-profile types, like police officers, elected officials, and celebrities. Though she’ll have a roomie in her cell, Hilton will be let out for an hour a day to shower, watch television, or talk on the phone. So it will be kind of like staying with relatives.
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