Paris Hilton Heads to Jail

Paris Hilton made a surprise appearance Sunday afternoon at the MTV Movie Awards. Hours later she arrived at the Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood, California to begin a 45 day sentence.

The 26-year old heiress to the Hilton fortune turned herself in at the Central Jail in downtown Los Angeles around 10:30 pm. She was transferred to the all women’s Lynwood facility an hour later, where she was booked, fingerprinted and issued a jail-issued jumpsuit.

Sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore said “(Hilton’s) demeanor was helpful. She was focused, she was cooperative.” Whitmore added that Hilton does not have a cellmate. Paris was assigned to a ‘special needs’ unit with two-person cells away from the general prison inmates. The unit is used for police officers, public officials, celebrities and other high-profile inmates.

Hilton will be confined to a 12-foot-by-8-foot cell. She will only be allowed to leave the cell for one hour a day to shower, engage in outdoor activities or use the telephone.

When sentenced, the judge denied her work release privileges. Hilton was given a 45 day jail sentence for violating probation stemming from an arrest for California DUI. After pleading no contest to the reckless-driving charge in that case, her driver’s license was suspended. She was stopped by police in January and informed that she was driving with a suspended license. Hilton was stopped again in February and charged with a probation violation.

With time off for good behavior, Hilton is expected to serve about three weeks of her jail sentence.

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