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Celebrities like Lindsay Lohan are nightmares for jail personnel

By Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith You can be sure there’ve been plenty of personnel at the L.A. County Jail hoping that Lindsay Lohan’s new attorney – former O.J. Simpson lawyer Robert Shapiro – would somehow sidestep her 90-day sentence, ordered to begin tomorrow (7/20), by getting her into rehab last week. Holding high-profile celebrity prisoners can be a nightmare for penal institution staff. They generate extraordinary media scrutiny, receive love mail and hate mail, groupie wannabes, unsolicited medications. They are the targets of other prisoners who believe they can make names for themselves by taking a celebrity down.

You may recall that Simpson’s stay at the Los Angeles County Men’s Central Jail — after his arrest in the 1994 murders of his ex-wife Nicole and her friend Ronald Goldman – reportedly cost more than $230,000 for the first four months alone. Special arrangements for the ex-NFL star included sleeping pills and a cervical pillow – after his attorneys made a fuss about his bed aggravating an old football injury. He was also reportedly allowed 10 more hours a week to walk outside his cell than other inmates. (Reports have Simpson “bored out of his mind” in his current incarceration at Lovelock Correctional Center in Nevada.)

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Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith are among America’s leading columnists. They’ve covered the Hollywood beat for decades — Elvis and “Easy Rider” through the Jonas Bros. and “Avatar” and all the stars and their triumphs and scandals in-between. Their Creators Syndicate column, Beck/Smith Hollywood Exclusive, is a source of top celebrity interviews and entertainment news in newspapers across the country as well as online. To read more about Marylin and Stacy go to

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