Lindsay Lohan doesn't belong in jail full of felons, judge says [Updated]
L.A. County Superior Court Judge Stephanie Sautner said that throwing Linsday Lohan in jail for violating her parole is not a good option because of the growing number of felons being housed there.
Under a controversial new law, prisoners who commit nonviolent and non-sex-related crimes, such as low-level drug offenders or thieves, will be kept in county jails instead of going to state facilities.
The change is a result of budget pressures and a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that required the state to lower its prison population by 30,000 inmates due to overcrowding.
"The jails are going to be filled with felons," she said.
Sautner revoked Lohan's probation Wednesday and the actress was taken away in handcuffs.
But Lohan is expected to make her $100,000 bail later in the day and be released.
Sautner said Lohan deliberately "blew off" the 360 hours of community service that she had been ordered to complete at the Downtown Women's Center, missing nine appointments and putting in just 21 hours.
[Updated at 11:48 a.m.: Sautner made it clear she’d lost patience with Lohan, alternately mocking the actress and questioning her commitment to the community service she'd been ordered to complete.
“Ms. Lohan’s actions deliberately made it impossible for her to perform her sentence at the Downtown Women’s Center,” Saunter said, noting Lohan’s European travels.
Saunter said Lohan completed only 21 hours of the required 360 hours community service before being kicked out for failing to show up on nine occasions.
The judge said Lohan eventually told a probation officer that the work at the women’s shelter was “not fulfilling.
"Is that what a sentence is about?” Saunter asked. “It’s to fulfill the defendant?”
The judge answered her own question: “No.”
“We all can’t be fulfilled by what we do,” Saunter added.
Lohan's attorney said she was told by sheriff's deputies that the actress would likely be free by 2 p.m.
— Richard Winton at L.A. County Superior Court
Photo: Lindsay Lohan in court Wednesday. Lohan's probation was revoked. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times