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Vegas Police Should Have Let Paris Hilton Sit in Jail Longer

It was revealed over the weekend that when Paris Hilton was arrested for possession of cocaine, the Clark County Sheriff made sure she was treated differently. Special even. Paris was in and out of jail in about 3 hours, while the rest of us would average about six hours, if not more. Apparently, women arrested as prostitutes can be in jail as long as 24 hours before being released back to the public.

So, why did Paris get the fast treatment? "Yeah, she was treated differently so I don't have a disruption of my process here at the county jail," said Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Deputy Chief Jim Dixon, who runs the detention center. "When you bring somebody in like that, everybody comes over and tries to look at them. I'd have officers attempting to keep inmates away from her. I'd have disruptions."

Well, I think I like the idea of disruptions. I like the idea of everyone having a good look and letting her feel some embarrassment and shame. I think that should be part of the punishment process. Why should she get to suffer less embarrassment than the rest of us would have? Let all the officers and inmates take a good look and point and stare. She was already excused much of the embarrassment when the police let her go back into the hotel instead of being arrested on the street.

I understand the jail wants good order and discipline, and I also understand keeping her away from a potentially dangerous situation, but embarrassment is not danger.


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