At 8:30 this morning, Pacific Standard Time, Lindsay Lohan will be reporting to jail. And—thank goodness!—you’ll be able to watch live as LiLo makes her way to the courthouse, because E! Online has a streaming video feed set up. “The only ‘bookings’ that I’m familiar with are Disney films; never thought that I’d be ‘booking’ into jail … eeeks,” Lindsay tweeted yesterday. She had checked into a sober house started by lawyer Robert Shapiro, who famously defended OJ Simpson, but last night abruptly made an exit, which led to Shapiro stepping down as her lawyer. So who knows who will represent her today in court? Lindsay is understandably very nervous. “She has not been able to sleep and has barely been eating. All weekend, Lindsay kept crying, chain smoking and chewing her nails,” a friend says. “She is a nervous, fidgety mess, and her legal team, family and friends are very concerned about her fragile state.” [E! Online, NY Daily News, MTV] Keep reading »
“The last thing I wanted in the world was for my daughter to go to jail. Any kind of jail is harsh, especially for a young lady like Lindsay. I’ve been there myself and I know that jail didn’t do anything for me with my addictions. … She needs help, she needs rehab. If Lindsay and Lindsay’s lawyer had just listened to [myself and Dr. Drew], she would have been in rehab and been on her way to being clean and sober. Instead, she got jail.”
“This is so not fair to do this to my child.”
—Michael and Dina Lohan, respectively, give their thoughts on Lindsay Lohan‘s 90-day jail sentence [CNN, PopEater] Keep reading »
After violating her parole, Lindsay Lohan is headed to the slammer. On July 20th, she’ll report for three consecutive 30-day sentences. So how will Lindsay get through three months in the clink? Some ideas for passing the time, after the jump. Keep reading »
“When the door clicks shut, then you are safe. There is nothing aside from a rogue correctional officer that can do you harm if you have the right cellie. You are actually in the safest place on Earth. Safe from the intruders.”
—”Ironman” Robert Downey Jr. tells Rolling Stone about the stints he spent in prison in 1997 and 1999 for drug possession and violating the terms of his parole. Maybe I watched too many episodes of “Oz,” but I’m just not buying it. [NY Daily News]
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In February 2004, Piper Kerman arrived at the women’s prison in Danbury, Conn., to serve a yearlong sentence for a drug-related crime she’d committed 10 years before.
“There’s no visiting today,” an officer told Piper when her fiancé pulled into one of the parking areas.
“I’m here to surrender,” she said.
Piper spent the next 13 months behind bars, navigating the minimum-security federal correctional facility in Danbury and other prisons in Oklahoma City and Chicago. She kept her sanity by running around an outdoor track; learning yoga from a fellow inmate; visiting with her family, friends, and fiancé on a weekly basis; performing electrical and construction work around the prison; reading; writing lots and lots of letters; and bonding with the women who were locked up with her. Her amazing new book, Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison, details the experience, from how she ended up in jail in the first place to what it was like waiting five years before getting sentenced. She spoke with The Frisky about why it’s important to make friends in prison and how her incarceration relates to the bigger picture. Keep reading »
Ben Hill County Jail in Georgia will be undergoing some pretty severe interior decoration soon. So, why do we care? The whole jail will be painted Pepto-Bismol pink on the inside and re-refurbished in the girly hue: pink walls, pink shower curtains, pink bed sheets, pink blankets, even pink handcuffs. I wonder how much that is costing taxpayers.
But why a loud Pepto-Bismol pink, of all colors? Are they trying to torture these prisoners? No, they’re trying to shame them. Because, you know, pink is a feminine color. There is no punishment worse than making a man be the slightest bit feminine, apparently. Keep reading »