It is well-known that celebrities are often released early from jail, with the usual reason given being jail overcrowding. Past examples including Nicole Richie, Paris Hilton, and yes, even Lindsay Lohan. The latest celebrity to get what some call preferential treatment was Bobby Brown, who was had been sentenced to 55 days in jail for his third DUI, but only served a grand total of nine hours in jail and was released on Wednesday.
However, while some have called the early release a "record," it was hardly such. Nicole Richie's release took place on 82 minutes after she was placed behind bars.
Earlier, Los Angeles County sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore had estimated the New Edition singer, 44, would spend days in jail:
The time expected, all things being equal, is about eight days. But he could get out in a matter of days and go on electronic monitoring. It’s really tough to say exactly.
Brown was sentenced in February after pleading no contest on Feb. 26, 2013 to charges he was driving under the influence with a restricted license in October of 2012.
At the time, Brown was already on probation for a similar DUI incident that had taken place in March of 2012. Ironically, he was first pulled over for allegedly using a cell phone while driving.
He is not totally free and clear, however. Brown is now on four years probation and has to attend alcohol education classes for 18 months.
The singer’s tumultuous past with substance abuse also includes a five-day stint in jail in 1996 for crashing ex-wife and the late Whitney Houston’s Porsche with a BAC measurement nearly three times the legal limit, and another jail sentence in 2000 after a court-ordered drug test showed traces of cocaine in his system.