Monday, August 02, 2010
Well, Lindsay Lohan is out of jail
The 24-year-old actress was discharged from a suburban Los Angeles jail about 1:35 a.m. Monday. She served 14 days of a 90-day jail sentence for violating her probation for a 2007 drug case.
CBS Radio News correspondent Steve Futterman reports Lohan left the jail through a back or side entrance, avoiding the throngs of media amassed near the front door.
Futterman says Lohan's departure was announced by a spokesman for the sheriff's office, who said the star was met by members of a drug rehabilitation center and quickly whisked away for treatment.
The "Mean Girls" star's release doesn't end her legal saga though. She now must go to an inpatient rehab program.
Lohan had been in a sequestered unit of the women's jail since July 20. The facility has also housed stars such as Paris Hilton and Michelle Rodriguez. A judge in Beverly Hills determined Lohan violated her probation by missing seven weekly alcohol education classes since December.
The question will now be whether the talented actress with a long history of drug and alcohol problems can really turn her life around.
Dr. Dale Archer, a psychiatrist who specializes in chemical imbalances in the brain and personal responsibility, told "The Early Show on Saturday Morning" that Lohan can turn things around if she separates herself from certain people - perhaps even her family.
"If she were my patient, I would say, 'Look, no work for a year; your sobriety is more important than family, friends or job, because if you don't say sober, you will lose all of those, and you may lose your life as well,'" said Archer.