Sentencing

Paris Hilton Out of Medical Ward


Paris Hilton has been released from the medical ward at the Los Angeles County jail.

Hilton was released from the treatment center around 11 p.m. yesterday, Associated Press reports. A judge who disagreed with Hilton’s home detention sent her to the treatment center for evaluation on Friday.

Critics claimed Hilton got special treatment when she was released to home detention last week for medical reasons. The judge ordered Hilton to serve her full sentence, which amounts to 23 days with time off for good behavior in jail.

But a Los Angeles Times analysis of sentences in like cases shows Hilton will serve more time than 80 percent of others sent to jail for similar offenses.

The newspaper analyzed 2 million jail releases after July 2002 and found 1,500 cases of drunk drivers sentenced to jail because of a probation violation or driving without a license.

Those inmates were sentenced to an average term of 14 days and served an average of four days, the newspaper says.

The debate over Hilton’s temporary release to home detention has prompted the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to seek a report from the sheriff on whether she got special treatment, the Los Angeles Times reports in a different story.

Since then, judges have been hit with inmate requests for “the Paris Hilton treatment,” a spokesman for one county board member said.

Sheriff Lee Baca, who started an early release program in 2002 to relieve overcrowding, said Hilton’s treatment is, if anything, tougher. “The only special treatment she got—she got more time in jail,” Baca said.

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