Los Angeles: Lindsay Lohan has been released from jail, but she's not exactly a free woman.
The actress was discharged at 1:35 a.m. Monday after serving 14 days of a 90-day sentence for violating her probation in a 2007 drug case, Los Angeles sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore said. She is now required to immediately begin a three-month stint in rehab, he added.
A prosecutor has said that Lohan cannot be released early and will have to spend the entire time in treatment.
Due to overcrowding in California jails, inmates such as Lohan who are serving time for nonviolent offenses and have no criminal records typically have their stays reduced for good behavior.
Lohan, 24, was released to a waiting vehicle and did not walk out the front doorway, avoiding a throng of photographers.
Lohan's attorney, Shawn Chapman Holley, did not immediately return an e-mail seeking comment.
Lohan pleaded guilty in August 2007 to two misdemeanor counts of being under the influence of cocaine; no contest to two counts of driving with a blood-alcohol level above 0.08 percent and one count of reckless driving. She was sentenced to three years of probation.
Media have been camped outside the jail since Lohan was booked July 20, catching shots of her mother and sister coming to visit. The sentence put several of Lohan's projects on hold, including her starring role in as Linda Lovelace in a biopic on the porn star's life.
The women's jail operated by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department in Lynwood has hosted several starlets, including actress Michelle Rodriguez and socialite Paris Hilton. Lohan spent 84 minutes there in 2007 after being sentenced for her original case.
Rodriguez served 18 days of her 180-day sentence and was released in January 2008. Hilton served 23 days in 2007 after she was caught driving twice on a suspended license while on probation for reckless driving. AP