Posted Jun 13, 2007 11:26 pm CDT
Despite worldwide publicity critical of the special treatment Paris Hilton has already received, those in charge of the hotel heiress’ California incarceration for probation violation reportedly continue to bend the rules on her behalf.
Family members of fellow inmates complained that their visits were delayed by several hours or cut short as Hilton’s parents were hustled to the front of the line for a lunchtime meeting with their daughter, according to CNN. A spokesman for the Los Angeles County sheriff says it is routine for visits with high-profile inmates to take place at lunch, when the visiting area is normally closed.
Meanwhile, some wondered just what the major medical problem might be that is requiring Hilton, 26, to serve her 45-day sentence in a medical ward at ten times the normal cost to taxpayers. Mary Tiedeman, who monitors state jails for the American Civil Liberties Union, says inmates normally pose security issues or are medically worse-off than Hilton appears to be. “I don’t know what her health issue is, but you have got to have a pretty intense medical or mental health problem to be in that part of the jail,” Tiedeman told CNN.
Hilton, who has achieved celebrity status as a party girl, was convicted of repeatedly violating her probation on an alcohol-related driving charge by continuing to drive after her license was suspended. She gained further notoriety by being released to home confinement after serving three days of her sentence, due to an undisclosed medical condition. Several days later, the judge in her case ordered her back to jail to serve the rest of her sentence there.