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Sara Mayeux

Michael Lohan’s Case for Criminal Justice Reform (???)

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Thanks to the intrepid journalists over at TMZ.com, here’s an excerpt from a letter sent by Michael Lohan’s lawyers to the Los Angeles judge who’s overseeing his daughter Lindsay’s probation for a DUI conviction:

Your Honor is aware that because of the current overcrowding in Los Angeles jails, misdemeanor, non-violent offenders like Lindsay serve only a fraction of their terms. In Lindsay’s case, her last term of incarceration lasted only 84 minutes. This not only made a laughingstock of our criminal justice system in the eyes of the world, … but taught her that jail is a revolving door and poses no real threat or deterrent. Overcrowding has not diminished in the last few years since this first incident, and thus we’d expect a similar very brief term of actual confinement.

In the event Lindsay is found to be in violation, Michael renews his request that the Court order Lindsay into an inpatient drug and alcohol rehabilitation program. We have previously written to the Court regarding a very private facility in New York — so private, that the public is unaware rehab takes place there.

Of course, the letter is only intended to help one particular celebrity defendant but I don’t see why it wouldn’t apply to, well, almost everyone else facing L.A. County jail time on a drug or alcohol probation violation. Too bad they don’t all have access to super top secret rehab facilities — what is this place — the Bat Cave? In any event, apparently Michael’s pleas were unavailing as the Los Angeles Times is now reporting that Lindsay’s been sentenced to jail for 90 days.

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