June 7, 2007
Detroitfreepress.com - Socialite Paris Hilton was released from jail early today after serving just three days and will serve the rest of her sentence on home arrest, with an ankle monitor, the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department said this morning.
At a hastily called news conference, the sheriff's department said Hilton, 26, had been released from the Century Regional Detention Facilty early today, in part, for "medical reasons,'' which a spokesman declined to discuss.
"After extensive consultation, including with medical officicials... she has been reassigned to the electronic monitoring program,'' said sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore. "She has been fitted with an ankle bracelet'' and sent home, where she will be monitored for the next 40 days, he said.
Reporters at the news conference questioned Whitmore repeatedly about why she was released and whether she suffered any more stress than other prisoners still incarcerated. He repeatedly said he could not discuss her medical issues. He cited federal laws that protect medical information. "There are privacy issues that prohibit me, by law, to do that,'' he said.
Hilton checked into the facility Sunday night to begin serving her sentence for violating probation in an alcohol-related reckless driving case. As of early this morning, the sheriff's department's inmate locator Web site was still saying her projected release date was June 26. But about 8:51 a.m. Detroit time, the celebrity Web site TMZ.com broke the news that she had been released.
(I apologize for devoting a post to this issue.)