The deal, negotiated by her lawyer Shawn Holley may be in Lohan’s best interests, but she would be in “lockdown rehab” for six months, according to gossip site TMZ.
That must seem like a lifetime to the 26-year-old actress, who is in the middle of trying to restart her career. On the other hand, if she were sentenced to jail, chances are she’d be out in days if not a few weeks. Why? Prison overcrowding.
In 2007, Lohan pleaded guilty to misdemeanor cocaine use and driving under the influence and was sentenced to one day in jail. She spent 84 minutes in a cell before being released. At the time, the sheriff cited overcrowding and the nonviolent nature of the crime.
In 2010, she was sentenced to 90 days in jail followed by 90 days of inpatient rehab treatment. Lohan was released after serving only 14 days, again because of overcrowding. Her inpatient treatment lasted all of 23 days.
Last year, she was sentenced to 120 days in jail and 480 hours of community after pleading no contest to stealing a necklace. She served her sentence under house arrest for 35 days, and threw one hell of a house party, wearing her infamous ankle tracking device.
Of course she blew off the community service, violating her probation, and was sentenced to 30 days in jail. But she spent less than five hours locked up. You guessed it, overcrowding.
So, it’s no surprise the rehab deal was a non-starter with her. LiLo has done rehab, including a stint in the Betty Ford clinic. It hasn’t worked. What’s more she doesn’t believe she needs it.
It could be argued that Lohan has gotten off lightly because she’s a celebrity. But it’s also distinctly possible that prosecutors have overreached in her case for the same reason.
As a “non-violent” offender, if history is any judge, any jail sentence she receives will be whittled down to almost nothing. Why shouldn’t she go for it?