As if this couldn't have been predicted.....Paris Hilton Released to Her Home
"She was not released, she was reassigned," Los Angeles County Sheriff's Dept. spokesperson Steve Whitmore said at a press conference Thursday.
He would not provide further details about the medical condition, citing privacy laws. He did not know if the condition was pre-existing, but said the decision was made after "extensive consultation" with medical personnel.
Whitmore said Hilton was released shortly after midnight on Thursday: "She was transported out of here by us, there was a transference to her attorney, and then she was taken home."
Hilton has been credited with five days of time served and will spend the remaining 40 days of her 45-day sentence confined to her home wearing an ankle bracelet with a range of 3,000-4,000 square feet.
Asked whether she would be confined completely, Whitmore said: "There's some fudge with that. If someone goes and gets their mail, if they're 30 minutes outside, that's okay. It's a complicated electronic situation."
Whitmore said the sheriff's department is not concerned with appearing to be soft on the celebrity inmate. "It doesn't matter how we look, really," he said. "We just hopefully do our job and do it professionally, with a sense of humanity."
TMZ.com reported Thursday morning that Hilton had been released early Thursday.
Hilton, 26, began her sentence Sunday night at the Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood, south of Los Angeles.
The heiress was sentenced to 45 days in jail for violating her probation by driving with a suspended license. Amid speculation that she would actually serve much less time due to prison overcrowding, police said she would spend at least 23 days behind bars.
WHAT A JOKE!?!?!
If this had been anyone else, they'd still be sitting in that tiny jail cell.
Rev. Al Sharpton is throwing his two cents in the ring about the Paris Hilton home release debauble. Although I don't know why he's doing it, I couldn't agree with him more.
The Rev. Al Sharpton delivered a rebuke to the California justice system for allowing Paris Hilton to leave jail and serve her sentence at home, saying the move reveals a dangerous double standard.
"This early release gives all the appearances of economic and racial favoritism that is constantly cited by poor people and people of color," the civil-rights leader and president of National Action Network said Thursday, according to the Drudge Report. "There are any number of cases of people who handle being incarcerated badly and even have health conditions that are not released."
Sharpton said he has "nothing but empathy for Ms. Hilton," pointing out that he appeared with her on Saturday Night Live in 2003. But he said the decision to transfer her from a Los Angeles County prison to her own home, where she will be under house arrest, is unconscionable.
"I have served several sentences for civil rights and civil disobedience actions and I even fasted, which caused health concerns to prison authorities who paid for a doctor to come see me daily rather than release me," Sharpton said. "This act smacks of the double standards that many of us raise."
Sharpton was not alone in condemning Hilton's transfer, as many pundits took to the cable-news shows Thursday afternoon to voice their outrage over the decision.
Even the women of The View weighed in on the move Thursday morning. While Elisabeth Hasselbeck said she found it "disgusting," Barbara Walters said, "I'm happy for Paris and I'm happy for her family" and guest host Lorraine Bracco admitted, "I'm so conflicted."
The studio audience, however, was unanimous. When Walters said, "I ask you very quickly, raise hands or shout out: Are you glad that Paris Hilton is reassigned to her home?" the crowd shouted in unison, "No!" Asked Walters, "Do you think it was the right thing to do?" Again: "No!"
One man who did not seem upset in the least, however, was boxing promoter Don King. According to TMZ.com, King called the Web site's offices on Thursday morning to say he was "ecstatic" about the news. "I love Paris Hilton, and I'm just delighted, ecstatic that she's out of jail," King says in the audio message. King said he has not met Hilton, but he knows her family, and he said the heiress is "what America is all about – people that stand out from the crowd."
King added that he is looking forward to giving Hilton a hug and "telling her I love her."
Don King?? I was already befuddled by Al Sharpton speaking his mind about it. Who cares what Don King has to say about all this?!?! I guess these guys are looking for ANY reason to speak up and keep their names in the spotlight.