Michelle Rodriguez Released Hours into 60 Day Sentence

Michelle Rodriguez, who was sentenced to 60 days in jail for violating probabation, served only a few hours before being released due to overcrowding.

Michelle Rodriguez Mugshot Photo The former star of ABC’s “Lost” still must serve 30 days of community service and remain on probation until June 2009, a spokeswoman for the city attorney’s office said. “Our prosecutors are not happy about it, but that is the sad reality of our overcrowded jails,” said spokeswoman Contessa Mankiewicz.

Calls to Rodriguez’s attorney and publicist were not immediately returned Tuesday. “Michelle’s happy with the way things turned out,” Rodriguez’s friend, designer Anand John, told People magazine in a story posted Tuesday on its Web site. “She knows this wasn’t a literal get-out-of-jail-free card. Michelle’s taken responsibility for the past, and now she’s ready to focus on her career.”

The 27-year-old actress served five days in jail in Hawaii last month after pleading guilty to drunken driving. The Dec. 1 arrest in Honolulu violated the three-year probation term she was given in Los Angeles County in 2004 after pleading no contest to charges of hit-and-run, driving on a suspended license and drunken driving.

Didn’t they know the jails were crowded before she reported in? And, really, who cares how much room criminals have?

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  1. LJo says:

    Maybe they knew but had to try to abide by the law anyway. And maybe there were worse criminals incarcerated. And criminals are still human beings and there are laws regarding minimum conditions. And besides, why do you even care? We should be investigating George Bush and Dick Cheney, who, regardless of anything they’ve done to break the law, will never spend a day in any kind of lockup.

  2. ICallMasICM says:

    That’ll teach her!

  3. We had a similar problem in Texas for a while. More prisoners than prison beds. And since the liberals have undermined western civilization by making us do away with the pinnacle of penal reform, the chain gang, we couldn’t just pop over to home depot to get another thousand yards of chain.

    So we started picking who would go and who would stay. Axe murders, stay. Caught with a couple pounds of marijuana, go. And there were some attorneys who would game the system by trying to hurry or slow down their clients cases. The solution to that was to adopt a FIFO policy. They would look at who had completed the largest portion of their sentence to see if they were someone they could more safely let go. So if you were at 100% capacity you didn’t just let the next next guy through the door go, but look for someone who would be getting out next week. Another way of looking at it would be that if the total criminals was running at 110% capacity, you would see an average sentence reduction of 10%. Though that was the average as non-violent criminals would get out earlier than violent criminals.

    Of course the over crowding meant that parole reviews were hard to fail unless you still had a bloody piece of the guard’s ear when you went in to talk to the parole board.

  4. Perhaps this case can be used as a substitute for “cut off your nose to spite your face”.

  5. Hal says:

    And, really, who cares how much room criminals have?

    Yea, like we’re a country that cares about humane treatment.

    Shit, we should be like China and sell their organs n’ stuff.

    Geez, louis, James. And you wonder why we can torture and hold American citizens without charges?

    Oh, right. “Who cares about that”. I get it now.