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Lindsay Lohan serves four hours of jail sentence before being released

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Well, that didn’t take very long at all. After being sentenced 30 days for violating probation, People reports that Lindsay Lohan was in jail for just four hours before being released early Monday morning.

Why was she let out so early? Overcrowding — it is not uncommon for California inmates to serve roughly 10 percent of their sentence. As explained by People, there is a federal mandate in which “nonviolent offenders are routinely sent home early after serving only a fraction of their sentences.” (Last year Lohan served just 13 days of a 90-day sentence thanks to good behavior and overcrowding.)

Lohan isn’t completely off the hook. The troubled star, who is currently not allowed to leave the country and can only leave California for work reasons, will now have to complete a total of 53 days of community service at Los Angeles county morgue and 18 psychotherapy sessions by March 29. If Lohan successfully follows through with these demands, the court will terminate her probation. If she is again found in violation, she could wind up sentenced to another 270 days.

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