Lindsay Lohan starts shortened jail term in L.A.

Tue Jul 20, 2010 10:20pm EDT
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By Jill Serjeant

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A "scared" but resolute Lindsay Lohan began a 90-day jail sentence on Tuesday, trading nightclubs and Twitter messages for a small, isolated cell and an orange jumpsuit.

Lohan, 24, was booked into an all-female jail in south Los Angeles for violating her probation on two 2007 drunk-driving and cocaine possession charges.

The actress is likely to serve just 14 days behind bars, said Steve Whitmore, spokesman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, which runs the jail system.

Whitmore told reporters that nonviolent female inmates generally serve about 25 percent of their sentence. Good behavior and jail overcrowding programs also reduce the time in L.A. lock-ups, he said.

Beverly Hills Judge Marsha Revel on Tuesday ordered that Lohan must not be released to house arrest or electronic monitoring.

The "Mean Girls" actress, whose promising career has foundered during two years of strenuous partying, looked tired and tense during a brief, silent appearance at a packed Beverly Hills courtroom on Tuesday morning, where she was handcuffed and taken into custody.

Lohan's lawyer, Shawn Chapman Holley, told reporters Lohan is "scared as anyone would be...and she's resolute. She does her time just like anyone else."

Local TV news helicopters showed live video of Lohan's journey, an unmarked car with tinted windows, to the 2,200-bed Century Regional Detention Facility.   Continued...

<p>Lindsay Lohan appears in court at the Beverly Hills Municipal Courthouse as she surrenders for a 90-day jail sentence for violating the terms of her probation on drunk driving charges by missing alcohol education classes in Beverly Hills, California July 20, 2010. REUTERS/Al Seib/Pool</p>