Lindsay Lohan begins serving house arrest
Home is where the heart is? At least for Lindsay Lohan, it's where she'll remain for about 35 days under house arrest for her probation violation and jewel theft conviction.
Lohan, 24, began serving the time Thursday morning at her Venice townhouse after turning herself in to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Century Regional Detention Facility shortly after 5 a.m.
Probation officials determined she is eligible for home detention. The actress must wear an electronic ankle bracelet.
"She is now confined to the premises of her home at all times for about 35 days," L.A. County Sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore said.
She was sentenced to four months in jail after she pleaded no contest to stealing a $2,500 necklace. But Whitmore said that due to jail overcrowding such nonviolent offenders are eligible for house arrest. Lohan will serve half of her required time on home confinement, which works out to 35 days.
As part of her no contest plea to misdemeanor theft, Lohan must also serve 480 hours of community service –- 360 hours at a skid row women's shelter and another 120 hours in janitorial duty at the L.A. County coroner office.
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Photo: Lindsay Lohan enters the Los Angeles Superior Courthouse Airport Branch March 10. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times