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July 20, 2010

"Are Lindsay Lohan, other celebs glorifying jail time?"

Today's question of the day comes via this lengthy article with the same headline as my post title in the Detroit Free Press.  Here is how the piece it begins:

Lindsay Lohan is scheduled to go to jail today. While it may not sound like a big deal -- yet another train-wreck celeb in trouble -- it may actually have a cumulative effect on fans, especially young people. Social experts suggest that being pelted with image after image of celebrity after celebrity in trouble does have societal implications.

"Things like reality TV and other things have almost glorified going to jail," said Arthur Robin, head of psychology at Children's Hospital of Michigan. "Yes, it's still something young people view very negatively, but probably not as negatively as 50 years ago."

The accelerated news media obsession with locked-up celebrities, politicians and sports stars may be desensitizing young people to jail, experts have said. Rather than a stiff penalty, jail has become a simple inconvenience.

Published reports suggest Lohan's first post-jail interview will be worth more than $500,000. Lil Wayne plans to drop his next album from Rikers Island. And in urban areas like Detroit, the jailings of those in the public eye could be leading youths down the wrong path.

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"Rather than a stiff penalty, jail has become a simple inconvenience."

I believe that can be fixed.

Posted by: Bill Otis | Jul 20, 2010 11:12:00 PM

I think the solution is pretty simple here: stop jailing celebrities. I think that will send the proper message to this nation's youth.


Posted by: Guy | Jul 20, 2010 11:47:37 PM

For a hardened offender jail may be considered to be an inconvenience but for first time offender it can be a very unpleasant experience. Some of our clients prefer prison to jail because there more room and things for them to do and they can get outdoors and get some exercise.

For some types of offenses because of court constipation the fastest way to get released is to plead guilty go to prison and then be paroled.

Posted by: John Neff | Jul 21, 2010 9:20:49 AM

when life gives you lemons, make lemonade

Posted by: brian | Jul 21, 2010 11:46:19 AM

Humans are very adaptive. When you build a prison nation, don't be surprised when the nation becomes more comfortable with prison.

Posted by: Mark # 1 | Jul 21, 2010 12:37:08 PM

As usual, our torture cheerleader has missed the salient point. Rather than ratchet up the penalties in a misguided attempt to get obedience at all costs, he should recognize that we are not put here to be pawns and subjects of the law. Rather, the laws are made by us to benefit us, and when the law no longer benefits us, it's time to look at the law. No rational person has a problem with mala in se offenses bringing consequences. But all of those laws have been on the books for centuries. Whenever a legislature meets, they necessarily manufacture new criminal laws and thereby new criminals; that is the root of the issue. Of course, none of this matters to our torture cheerleader as the law is its own justification and must always be obeyed. In our torture cheerleaders world, those interracial couples who married before the Loving decision just needed a little bit less bread and water.

Posted by: Mark # 1 | Jul 21, 2010 12:44:51 PM

Marky --

You used to be merely extreme, but now you've lost it altogether. There was probably some point at which you could think without being overwhelmed with bile, but that passed many moons ago. Too bad.

Posted by: Bill Otis | Jul 22, 2010 3:59:37 PM

maybe so bill BUT i think he hit it right on the head! This country has more people in prison than ANY OTHER nation on earth including russia at the hight of communist power or Red China NOW.

Posted by: rodsmith | Jul 22, 2010 11:28:30 PM

Could the drugs Lindsey is on be causing her problems and this jail time?

Adderall (Is a blend of four amphetamines including Dexedrine and Benzedrine)
Mental problems or worsening behavior, thought problems, bipolar disorder, aggressive behavior or hostility, may impair your thinking or reactions, addiction. Use caution if you drive or do anything that requires you to be awake and alert.

Abnormal thinking, behavior changes, and complex behaviors, memory problems, mental or mood changes, aggression, agitation, confusion, anxiety, depression, addiction.

Drinking alcohol can increase the side effects of these drugs.


Posted by: Paul Blake ND | Jul 23, 2010 3:04:25 AM

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