Michael Douglas took aim at the U.S. prison system backstage at the Emmy Awards on Sunday night following his somewhat cryptic comment while on stage accepting the award.
Douglas won Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie for his role in HBO’s Liberace bio-pic Behind the Candelabra. While his speech was jovial and included a humorous exchange with Candelabra co-star Matt Damon, the actor gave a shout out at the end of his speech to his oldest son Cameron, noting that he’s “hoping that … they’ll allow me to see him soon.”
Backstage, Douglas elaborated: “My son is in federal prison. He’s been a drug addict for a large part of his life. Part of the punishments — if you happen to have a slip, and this is for a prisoner who is nonviolent, as about a half-million of our drug-addicted prisoners are — he’s spent almost two years in solitary confinement. Right now I’ve been told that I can’t see him for two years. It’s been over a year now. And I’m questioning the system.”
Continued Douglas: “Obviously at first, I was certainly disappointed in my son. But I’ve reached a point now where I’m very disappointed with the system. And as you can see from what Attorney General Eric Holder has been doing regarding our prison system, I think things are going to be revived, regarding nonviolent drug addicts. My last comment on that is the United States represents 5 percent of the world’s population and we have 25 percent of the world’s prisoners.”
Cameron Douglas is currently incarcerated in Pennsylvania where he’s serving a sentence of nearly 10 years for non-violent drug offenses.