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July 27, 2010

"An Open Letter to Lindsay Lohan from the ACLU"

The title of this post is the descriptive heading given to this page at the ACLU of Southern California.  I praise the ACLU for trying to turn LiLo's experiences into a teachable moment, and here are excerpts from the letter:

Dear Lindsay,

We know that going to jail is scary. But we can assure you that your experience at the women’s facility in Lynwood, outside Los Angeles, is likely to be starkly different from the thousands of others serving time and awaiting trial in the Los Angeles jails.  Based on the ACLU’s decades of experience as an official court-appointed monitor of the jails, and the stories of countless women with whom we’ve spoken, the facility where you are staying is an overcrowded detention facility where women are needlessly humiliated for so long that they come to expect sub-human treatment....

We know from the more than 4,500 complaints we receive annually that the women’s facility is a lot nicer than the Men’s Central Jail -- where rats roam the tiers, and violence is as routine as sunshine in California. We’ve seen men with broken legs and black eyes.  It‘s not uncommon for a prisoner to be thrown up against the wall or punched, simply for asking a deputy a question....

Lindsay, even though it’s going to be difficult for you to be incarcerated even for a few weeks, rest assured that your celebrity is something that we who frequently visit Los Angeles’s jails see as an opportunity to draw attention to conditions in the jails.  You will have a window into the world of Los Angeles jails, and we hope you will use it to talk to the press about conditions here.

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she got to keep her hair extensions


Posted by: . | Jul 27, 2010 10:32:17 AM

Inmates and their families should be allowed to donate for improvements that will benefit everyone, e.g. visit by exterminators, a better meal for everyone, a book to a bigger better law library, a lecture by a job coach, private inmate security services that report violence toward anyone.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Jul 28, 2010 7:01:36 AM

The sensibility that has produced dungeons of brutality and dispair in other times and places appears to be very much alive in the ranks of those who post here.

Posted by: John K | Jul 28, 2010 9:05:19 AM

Can't help but wonder what it was that hallowed you out, SC. A decent society shouldn't be incarcerating human beings they can't afford to feed and protect.

Posted by: John K | Jul 28, 2010 9:13:15 AM

If you want brutality and despair, get on the receiving end of the human beings you want loosed until they can be provided Ritz-Carlton class services. What about the victims, John? Not a word about them. They do not generate make work, cush government sinecures. So, they may rot.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Jul 28, 2010 1:51:49 PM

Of course I meant to say "hollowed out," not hallowed.

Posted by: John K | Jul 28, 2010 3:30:20 PM

Translation of ACLU letter:

"Dear Ms. Lohan,

You are so wonderful! A free thinker not to be bound by society's niggling, Puritanical rules! You should keep tooling around town drunk and stoned, and if you kill somebody, hey, look, stuff happens. It's so terrible you're imprisoned in a dungeon, and we know they should get you a bigger TV for your cell. And don't worry, we also know that the cause of your troubles is not your behavior, it's the system's behavior. Those thinking otherwise are just a bunch of Nazis. Please keep up your exemplary way of living.



Posted by: Bill Otis | Jul 29, 2010 8:43:20 AM

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