Jail buzzing over possible arrival of Hilton


Paris Hilton embarked on one last weekend of freedom before keeping her date with jail.

The hotel heiress has been ordered to turn herself in by Tuesday to begin serving an approximately three-week sentence for violating her probation in an alcohol-related reckless driving case.

As of midday Sunday, the sheriff's inmate locator Web site did not show that Hilton had been entered the jail system. Sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore said a statement would be issued after the hotel heiress was incarcerated.

A call to Hilton's attorney, Howard Weitzman, was not immediately returned Sunday. Her publicist, Elliot Mintz, was reached by e-mail and declined comment.

On Saturday, about 15 photographers, reporters and television crews staked out the entrances to the Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood waiting for the celubtant's arrival. Authorities had also cordoned off a grassy area outside the Los Angeles County jail for the media.

In Lynwood, the prospect of Hilton's arrival was on the minds of some at the 2,200-bed facility.

"If it was me, I'd want to see her, because she's famous!" said Trishan Bell, 29, during a visit with her mother, who is serving an 8-year sentence for drug-related offenses.

Susannah Johnson, who was released Saturday after a one-day stay at the jail, said many inmates were angry at Hilton, believing officials were making room for the starlet at the expense of others coping with crowded conditions.

"The only advice I could give her when she comes is to shut her mouth and do the time," said Johnson, 35, of Claremont.

Though a judge sentenced her to 45 days behind bars, Hilton is expected to serve only 23 days because of a state law that requires shorter sentences for good behavior.

Once she arrives, the "Simple Life" star will be housed in the jail's "special needs" unit.
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