Type Lindsay Lohan’s name into a Google search and you’ll find your request yielding over 160 million results. The has-been childhood star has been in the media for an astounding number of things, whether it be family turmoil, substance abuse issues, or her reported relationship with Samantha Ronson. In recent years, its been Lohan’s numerous run-ins with the law that have made her the brunt of so many late-night talk show host’s jokes, but the humor doesn’t end there. Lindsay Lohan, with her frequent jail visits, makes our criminal justice system look like a huge laugh.
Recently, after violating conditions of her probation by failing a random drug test, Lohan was sentenced to jail time. After serving less than 24 hours of her sentence, she was released from prison, after having met the $300,000 bail. This isn’t the first time this has happened either. It seems that most times Lohan is reprimanded for her disorderly behavior, the consequences aren’t nearly as dramatic as they would be for someone who lacks celebrity status. By placing terms of bail at $300,000, the judge knew that Lindsay would have no problem coming up with the cash sum, and would quickly be released from jail just in time to prepare for another night on the town. By being so lenient in the case of Lohan, the judge is only surrounding the judicial branch of our government with questionable motives and a lack of efficiency in its attempts to crack down on disgraceful actions.
Celebrities are not above the law, and it’s about time that this is reflected in our current court system. Although it is nearly impossible to set bail at a price that a celebrity like Lohan is unable to meet, there needs to be a new standard to keep social elites behind bars just like their more common counterparts. Were someone of less social status to be caught in similar situations as Lohan, they could guarantee themselves a significant jail sentence and frequent drug tests, as law enforcement would be chomping at the bit to put them back behind bars. On the basis of equal rights, everyone should be given the same treatment, whether it be in good times or bad. By making exceptions to the law to people who are exceedingly affluent, the system looks less than effective.
Growing up in such a society where celebrities could hypothetically get away with murder is by no means an environment in which children should be raised in. Each time you turn on the news, you are bombarded with stories like Lohan’s, in which it is seen as no big deal that her sentence got written off by meeting her bail. It is important that each and every individual be held accountable for their actions but it is highly unlikely that people are going to take such responsibility when they see others getting away with it so casually. Yet again, this is an occasion where our criminal justice system could step up and make a difference. By holding celebrities accountable for their offenses, it would be sending forth a message to citizens that it is wrong to commit such crimes and that by doing so, there are prices to pay.
As a country, we sometimes wonder why substance abuse and other issues became the problems that they are today. I think it is no coincidence that figures like Lindsay Lohan are notorious not only for their usage of illicit drugs but their uncanny ability to get away with serving their sentences, as it correlates almost directly with the amount of substance abuse currently observed in the United States. Were people to see that there are consequences to disobeying the law, I think a decline in drug possession would ensue. Judges and other court officials need to start implementing drastic measures on offenders so that word of mouth might travel that illegal behavior will be reprimanded. We should no longer have to put up with the shenanigans of Lindsay Lohan and her party girl friends, and its about time that their reign of illegal activity end.