Thursday, June 14, 2007

Paris was treated harshly

Well, my intuition was right. The L.A. Times has done an analysis of 1,500 cases similar to Paris Hilton's -- violating probation or driving without a license after a DUI -- and found that Paris Hilton will serve more time than 80 percent of people in similar circumstances. This wasn't necessarily the case before the early-release program begun in 2002 due to severe jail overcrowding, but it is certainly the case now. Most people in such circumstances are sentenced to 14 days and actually serve about 4. Paris was sentenced to 45 days and is expected to serve avout 23. The Times notes that "She is believed to be the first inmate in years who actually was sent back to jail to serve more of her term."

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

I saw yesterday that MADD is saying that Paris Hilton is one of 500,000 people who drive drunk, have their license suspensed, and drive anyway each year. They say they are trying to raise $500,000 by the end of June to combat these 500,000 unsafe drivers; I've pasted part of their email below:

"MADD's Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving would help stop these 500,000 Paris Hiltons by 1) replacing long license suspensions with restrictions on driving that require offenders to use ignition interlock devices and 2) increasing penalties for driving while suspended to help deter people from committing this crime.

There are three things you can do to help stop these 500,000 offenders:

1. Donate to MADD online and help us meet their $500,000 goal at http://support.madd.org/combat500
2. Forward this email to on to your friends and family
3. Email your legislators to let them know you would like better ignition interlock laws at https://secure2.convio.net/madd/site/Advocacy?id=477"

It seems to make sense -- why not try to solve the larger problem?

Qnunc said...

Oh, yeah. What I want to do is contact my legislators and DEMAND "better ignition interlock laws."

WHAT WE NEED ARE MORE LAWS! How else to stop this serious crime wave!

ACT NOW BEFORE WE HAVE 600,000 PARIS HILTONS!

Anonymous said...

Very Interesting!
Thank You!