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Verdict's in on Lindsay Lohan's jail: 'It's not a nice place to be'

July 20, 2010 |  8:10 am

Visitors and former inmates of the Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood on Tuesday described some of the conditions actress Lindsay Lohan could expect when she arrived there later in the day to fulfill a 90-day sentence.

"It feels like a jail. It really intimidates me," said Lesha Davis, who was at the detention center Tuesday morning to visit her brother.

A former inmate on a work-release program said the jail was "horrible."

"it's not a nice place to be," said the former inmate, who asked that her name not be used. "And they do it on purpose so you won't want to come back."

Nancy Lozano, a former inmate also on a work-release program, said she remembered being there when the jail welcomed its last celebrity guest, Paris Hilton.

Lozano said she and the other inmates loved Hilton because she bought them all commissary bags full of food and toiletries when she was released.

Lozano said she thought Lohan will receive preferential treatment.

"She'll have her own room and a phone and better food," Lozano said.

Oscar Arevalo, who spent three days there last summer, said he sat in his cell 22 hours a day and had to associate with other inmates to pass the time. He also complained about the food.

"It's terrible," he said. "I wouldn't feed my kids that."

Arevalo, who was visiting his brother Tuesday morning, was among only a handful of people who had entered the detention center so far.

Television crews had set up their cameras at the building's entrance in expectation of Lohan's arrival sometime after her 8:30 a.m. court hearing in Beverly hills.

-- Sam Allen in Lynwood

Photo: TV crews set up outside Century Regional Detention center in Lynwood for the expected arrival of Lindsay Lohan. Credit: Sam Allen / Los Angeles Times