Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Paris' Parents Visit Her In The Slammer

When Paris Hilton's parents visited her in jail on Tuesday, they skipped the line, once again causing concern that the heiress is receiving preferential treatment. One visitor to the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in Los Angeles, Alvina Floyd, told the Associated Press she waited more than four hours – as opposed to the usual two – and blamed the Hiltons for the delay. "I have to be at work later," she said. "I can't wait here all day." Sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore said high-profile routinely receive visitors during lunch, when the visiting area is typically cleared out and closed. Paris’ younger sister, Nicky, and ex-boyfriend Stavros Niarchos were also accused of jumping the line when they visited Paris on Saturday. Whitmore at the time denied the pair got special treatment.

The heiress's lawyer, Richard Hutton, said Monday that Paris is being treated like any other prisoner in the Twin Towers' medical ward. "The staff here is giving her excellent medical care," he said. "She is receiving no preferential treatment." According to sheriff's officials, it costs $1,109.78 a day to house a female inmate in the jail's medical unit, compared to $99.64 a day in the general population, the AP reports. Mary Tiedeman, who monitors jails for the ACLU, told the AP Hilton is being housed in an area usually reserved for high-security inmates or those with severe health problems: "I don't know what her health issue is, but you have got to have a pretty intense medical or mental health problem to be in that part of the jail." After visiting his daughter Tuesday, Rick Hilton told reporters: "She's very scared." Added Kathy: "It's tough in there. It's cold." Although she said Paris had suffered sleepless nights and a loss of appetite, "She was very happy. She wants to just do her time and get on with it."


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