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ACLU tells Lindsay Lohan she can use jail experience to help other inmates

July 26, 2010 |  6:48 pm

Lohanjail The American Civil Liberties Union is using Lindsay Lohan's term in a Lynwood jail to hammer home the group's concerns about the L.A. County jail system.

"We know that going to jail is scary. But we can assure you that your experience at the women’s facility in Lynwood, outside Los Angeles, is likely to be starkly different from the thousands of others serving time and awaiting trial in the Los Angeles jails," the ACLU of Southern California wrote in an open letter to Lohan posted on its website.

When the actress began her 90-day sentence for violating the terms of her probation on a 2007 driving-under-the-influence conviction, sheriff’s officials said they expected her to serve at least 13 days, which would bring her release date to Aug.1 at the earliest.

The ACLU letter cited various complaints made by inmates about conditions at the jail, saying some female inmates are treated in "sub human" ways.

The letter concludes: "Lindsay, even though it’s going to be difficult for you to be incarcerated even for a few weeks, rest assured that your celebrity is something that we who frequently visit Los Angeles’s jails see as an opportunity to draw attention to conditions in the jails. You will have a window into the world of Los Angeles jails, and we hope you will use it to talk to the press about conditions here."

--Richard Winton

Photo: L.A. County Sheriff's Department