It appears that the worst kept secret in Los Angeles legal circles is true. Lindsay Lohan headed back to court . As everyone who reads my blog knows, I have been a big supporter of Lohan and the alternative sentence she received in May. The sentence was a spilt of home confinement and substantial community service for two separate criminal legal issues. One, the violation of probation for her two D.U.I. arrests and the other for her NO CONTEST plea regarding the theft of a necklace. But, readers also know that as a legal coach I firmly believe that defendants who receive alternative sentences must take them seriously. Otherwise, judges will not hand them down and we are stuck with a criminal justice system that only incarcerates and does not rehabilitate.
Rehabilitation is a key necessity for our criminal justice system as over 95% of all people incarcerated in the United States will be coming home at some point. So, what can insiders like me do? First, we must educate people to the flaws and strengths of our system and the reality of what works. For example, defendants in the Federal system have much stricter accountability than those in the State system. Accountability is the only known deterrent. Next, we must urge judges to practice equal justice. That said, I believe that Lohan has not been treated better than others. But, now we will see for sure.
And, to answer the question of why some people keep going back we only need to look at the fact that people who do not learn from their arrests and mistakes will only repeat them in more serious ways. As a legal coach I work with people to accept responsibility and stop blaming others. Hence, my term INCARCERVENTION. Often this makes me very unpopular with my clients. But, after a while they usually see the light and the fact that without owning your own actions you cannot move forward. Lohan clearly needed an incarcervention when she was having rooftop parties while under house arrest. But, it looks like none of the people who profess to care about her offered one.
Now, it seems the original judge in his haste to send Lohan to jail, did not order drug and alcohol testing after February 25, 2011. And, the new judge who handed the alternative sentence down did not realize this. So, despite the wishes of the probation department, Lohan will not go to jail and will not have to submit to any further testing. Here is hoping that Lohan keeps learning and changing. Lindsay, yes, change is possible. Keep working at it.
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Tonight comes word that Lindsay Lohan was released from UCLA- otherwise known as the psych ward. There must be an explanation as to where she was released to. We will know soon. What is clear is that this case is an example of what a MESS our system is. Lindsay was ordered to jail for 90 days- she served 13. She was ordered to 90 days of inpatient rehab; she was a patient for 23 days. But, as usual, the court orders had flaws. Lohan was ordered to undergo a psychological evaluation while in jail and then an appropriate place would be determined. It would seem that the evaluation showed that she needed to detox, become medically stable and then…
So, now no matter what, she will go through treatment. That could mean another facility or at least a structured outpatient program. The problem is that most courts do not get what type of treatment is needed. Remember, it was a DUI class that Lohan blew off that helped her fulfill her destiny of entitlement. What was the purpose of that?
The best this insider can offer is that there is much more to come. People will be screaming no matter what. I can hear the special treatment bus now. This is really about lack of treatment, not special treatment. There is nothing special about allowing taxpayers to foot the bill for this disaster and ultimately if Lohan has not learned anything she is likely to become another celebrity horror story. Here is hoping that somehow there is change afoot.
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Lindsay Lohan has finally left jail for rehab. As predicted, she probably misses jail. 90 days of court ordered inpatient care will be a difficult task. Add to that the fact she is at UCLA- a hospital setting and most assuredly a change in medication. Can you spell DETOX?
So, why is it that there was so much speculation over the past week of her going to a different facility and with full hair and makeup? Please anybody who has worked with people on alternative sentences or been on one themselves, would never have believed the PR stories. It’s funny that most people looked at me with shock in their eyes as I said jail would be easier than rehab and re-entry. The truth is now shining through. Let us not forget that she is in court ordered “inpatient” rehab. This is not the same as residential treatment that many people think of.
I had openly hoped Judge Marcia Revel would not succumb to pressure and allow Lohan to enter Celebrity Rehab or another place where Lindsay would not have a chance at real help. NPI at UCLA is a locked facility where she will be evaluated and stabilized. Her meds may be changed, and at that time she will be re-evaluated and probably assigned to a step down type of treatment or residential. However, the facility will need to be approved by her probation officer and the court. Don’t expect her to stay at UCLA for 90 days.
I am speaking as a true insider here and hope that maybe now the media and the usual suspects, like Michael Lohan, will step back. Change is possible with hard work and in this case some professional intervention for a change.
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Two days after the Lohan sentencing, the media is all-abuzz about her behavior. Really?? Is it that shocking? Of course not. We do what we know, and she knows grandiosity, entitlement, delusion and USERS and TAKERS.
She also knows addiction and abuse. Hello, Michael! I do not feel sorry for Lohan for her jail time or rehab. What I do have empathy for is all that has led her here. The list of enablers is so long it would take up more time and space than we have. And, it seems to continue growing even today.
Lohan must hope that the court ordered evaluation is a serious one that will allow her to achieve some sobriety from her prescription drugs as well as mental health treatment. Jail will not do it. The California State prison system will most likely allow Lindsay to take some of her meds. This would not be the case on a longer term sentence or any Federal sentence.
We cannot expect a woman in denial to wake up because she is doing a short-term jail stint. There simply is not enough time. However, a woman like Lindsay does need to grow up and take responsibility. Especially when she claims to have missed DUI “classes” because of working. What work???
This insider asks all involved to stop the Lindsanity. This means the docs must stop throwing meds at her too. Our court system is going to be BUSY with the potential fallout from everyone involved. The DUI program knows it’s coming. They were afraid of testifying. Wonder why? Could it be self-incrimination? They were the people who submitted court documents that Lohan was in compliance. That was a stretch of the truth.
The lawyer has fled the scene or been given the boot, and the docs are next. How many people need to OD before we understand prescription drugs?
There can be a positive end to this mess. I hope Lindsay gets the right team in place and learns about restorative justice. After all, there is more to the world than Lindsanity. Lindsay, change is possible and you need a QUALITY team to help you NOW.
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