Friday, August 24, 2007

82 Minutes

Los Angeles, CA

Okay, I normally don't talk about the latest celebrity bullshit, but the news that Nicole Richie has served 82 minutes of her 4 day stay in the County lockup pisses me off.

I'm not bothered by it being her. I'm not bothered by what appears to be celebrity favoritism. I'm bothered because she shouldn't have been in there in the first place.

Yes, she committed a crime. Yes, it's a jailable offense. But the problem here isn't her.

The Los Angeles jail system is dangerously overcrowded. To the point where anyone who isn't in on some dangerously serious felony charges probably shouldn't even be there. If things are so bad that you're going to lock them up for just over an hour either change the offenses that they're in there for or change the punishments. An hour in the slammer is useless. I spend more time at the fucking DMV.

I understand that she got sentenced to 4 days on a plea deal. Fine. But 4 days was stupid. 800 hours community service at a drug rehab center, or helping the homeless. Or wearing an orange vest picking up trash on the 134. But sticking her in for 4 days, sorry, 82 minutes, not only doesn't get the idea across that she did something wrong, but costs too goddamn much money.

Think about it. You had to transport her, process her, get her in a jumpsuit, assign her a cell, get all your paperwork in order, add one more distraction for the Sheriff's deputies to pay attention to, process her out, collect her jumpsuit, release her and hold the obligatory press conference that Sheriff Lee Baca will have to do in order to explain, yet again, that the jails are too fucking crowded to keep some pregnant, bratty debutante locked up when she could be doing something more productive.

3 comments:

pattinase (abbott) said...

I think you have a cool, humorous fiction piece there.

angie said...

I absolutely agree. It's a waste of taxpayer cash and does pretty much nothing in terms of education or to deter the behavior. Foo!

David Terrenoire said...

A thoughtful, well-stated position, sir.

Wow, who woulda thought?