Thanks to jail overcrowding, Lindsay Lohan was released from the Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood today only around five hours after she turned herself in to serve a 30-day term for violating probation in a DUI case and one involving the theft of a necklace.
The 25-year-old actress arrived at the jail Sunday night and was booked at 8:58 p.m., according to the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department. She was seen being driven from the facility around 1:40 a.m. today and arriving at her home on Venice Way in Venice in a chauffeured black Cadillac Escalade, accompanied by a body guard, before 2 a.m.
In court Wednesday, Lohan admitted violating probation in theft and DUI cases by failing to show up for community-service appointments and therapy sessions. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Stephanie Sautner then sentenced her to 300 days behind bars but said she could serve only 30 days for now and had to surrender by Nov. 9.
Sheriff’s Department spokesman Steve Whitmore said at the time that, because of jail overcrowding and the fact Lohan is a nonviolent offender facing less than 90 days in jail, she would essentially be booked and released, which is what happened this morning.
The remaining 270 days of the sentence meted out Wednesday will be stayed as long as Lohan adheres to a specific schedule of community service work and therapy sessions, Sautner ruled.
Lohan pleaded no contest May 11 to a misdemeanor grand theft charge involving a necklace priced at $2,500 pilfered from a Venice jewelry store.
She was placed on three years probation and ordered to spend 120 days in jail and complete the 480 hours of community service to which she had been previously sentenced for violating her probation in a 2007 misdemeanor DUI case.
Lohan was ordered to have her 480 hours of community service completed by April 2012, with 360 hours at the downtown women’s center and another 120 hours at the county morgue. However, her attendance was so sporadic at the Skid Row center that shelter officials terminated her from the community-service program there.
That prompted Sautner last month to revoke the actress’ probation.
In court Wednesday, a deputy city attorney told Sautner that Lohan had canceled 12 of 20 scheduled appointments at the downtown women’s center, and, when she did attend, didn’t always stay the required four hours. The prosecutor also said Lohan had canceled 14 of 19 scheduled counseling sessions.
Lohan then waived her right to a hearing and admitted the probation violations.
Sautner responded by ordering Lohan to perform all of her community service work at the County coroner’s office, where the actress has already begun working, and laid out a schedule of community-service and therapy sessions to which Lohan must abide or be sent to jail.
“The sentence I’m going to impose is known in our circles as putting the keys to the jail in the defendant’s hands,” Sautner said. She then ordered Lohan to return to court Dec. 14, but said she must perform 12 days of community service at the county morgue and attend four psychotherapy sessions by then.
If she meets that schedule, the remaining 270-day jail sentence will be stayed until Jan. 17, by which time she must serve another 12 days at the morgue and attend four more therapy sessions.
The actress will then have until Feb. 15 to complete another 12 days at the morgue and four more therapy sessions. After that, she will have until March 29 to perform 17 more days at the morgue and six more therapy sessions.
If Lohan sticks to the schedule, her probation in the 2007 DUI case will terminate at the end of March, and her probation in the Venice theft case will be downgraded to summary, non-supervised probation, Sautner said.
The judge also ordered Lohan not to leave the country, and not to leave the state without permission.
The star of such movies as “Mean Girls” and “Freaky Friday” spent 13 days in a Los Angeles County jail last summer for violating her probation in the DUI case.