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Lindsay Lohan offers thanks as she goes from jail to rehab

August 2, 2010 |  8:04 am

Lindsay Lohan's Mug Shot Lindsay Lohan was transported early Monday morning directly from a Lynwood jail -- where she had served 13 days for violating probation on a 2007 conviction for driving under the influence -- to a treatment program at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

The paparazzi followed Lohan as she was given a police escort to the treatment facility, a stint required by a Beverly Hills judge who sentenced her to jail.

"She was noticeably moved by the amount of mail and books sent to her," said sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore. "She thanked everybody as she left."

On Sunday morning, her attorney, Shawn Chapman Holley, told reporters outside Lynwood's Century Regional Detention Facility that she hoped Lohan would have a few hours of freedom to spend with her family before she went into rehab.

"She is trying to comply with all court orders," Holley said, "but she should have 24 hours at home."

The latest development in the 24-year-old actress’ legal saga attracted a crush of media and paparazzi to the Lynwood jail where Lohan had been locked up since July 20.

Lohan was kept away from other inmates for security reasons.  Lohan had been expected to serve about 13 days of a 90-day sentence ordered by Beverly Hills Judge Marsha Revel. A reduction for good behavior, as well as a program to relieve jail crowding, shortened her sentence.

Lohan has completed an alcohol education program but was found in violation of probation because she did not attend classes regularly. 

Despite a tough period adjusting to jail life, Lohan remained cooperative and became more subdued as days passed, according to law enforcement sources.

Two civil-rights leaders called on Lohan to use the media storm to draw attention to the needs of incarcerated women.

"Lohan has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to use her celebrity status and mass media drawing power to be an advocate for female prisoners in the L.A. County jails," said Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable President Earl Ofari Hutchinson and Eddie Jones, president of the Los Angeles Civil Rights Assn., in a press release. "Her incarceration then would mean much more than another high-profile celebrity photo-op session."

-- Andrew Blankstein and Rich Connell

Photo: L.A. County Sheriff