More celebutantes behind bars
Luckily print is not yet dead, so if you picked up today's print version of tbt*, you know that Nicole Richie went to jail yesterday for driving under the influence of drugs, but spent all of 82 minutes of her four-day sentence in the lockup. As for this blog, what can we say? We go home at night, just like you do -- but we'll follow this story all afternoon if we have to!
Anyway, the AP reports Richie checked into a women's jail at 3:15 p.m. and was released at 4:37 p.m. "based on her sentence and federal guidelines," L.A. County Sheriff's Deputy Maribel Rizo said. That means that under a federal court mandate to manage jail overcrowding, arrestees sentenced to 30 days or less for a nonviolent offense are usually released within 12 hours, according to the sheriff's department. Surely that makes you feel safer.
Under the guidelines, Richie was "treated in the same manner as other inmates with a similar sentence," a statement said. She was originally sentenced to 96 hours in jail, having that reduced to 90 hours because of time served when she was originally arrested on Dec. 11, 2006 after driving the wrong way on the freeway. She told cops she had smoked some nickel and had taken Vicodin before getting behind the wheel.
Richie arrived at jail with her attorney Shawn Chapman Holley and her boyfriend, Good Charlotte singer Joel Madden. Her time at the Century Regional Detention Facility was spent getting booked, including taking a mugshot and submitting her fingerprints, Holley said.
She didn't reach her jail cell.
"She was really treated like any other inmate," Holley said. "I think every inmate in her position, with that type of charge, would have been treated as she was."
Stay tuned for Friday reactions ...
5 P.M. UPDATE: The most we've gotten today is word from TMZ that Richie was "surprised" by the miniscule amount of time she had to spend at Lynwood. She also found the Sheriff's Dept. "extremely professional" and "cooperative." She also said she "appreciated their efficiency."
Eighty two minutes in the lockup ... when all the time you serve is getting the booking process completed, we can't help but think of the state's property tax structure, where basically all the government is doing is paying for the bureaucracy to collect the money.
Relax and have a good weekend, folks.