Rapper Lil Wayne was recently released from prison after eight months of his 1-year sentence. His prison time served, Wayne plans on returning home to see his family and wants a steak. Friends in support with his record label, Cash Money Records, are planning on throwing Lil Wayne a huge welcome home party.
During his time in prison, Lil Wayne released a new album, “I Am Not A Human Being,” and collaborated with Jay Z over the phone. What he is going to do now has yet to be decided, but as President Clinton said, ” What I hope is that he has a good life now.”
In 2007, Lindsay Lohan was sentenced to a 90-day prison sentence for violating her probation and neglecting to attend her alcohol education classes. She served 13 days before being released due to good behavior and overcrowded prison conditions. Lohan was checked into an alcohol rehabilitation clinic where she spent some time in a rehab center. In August 2010, Ms. Lohan served a similar sentence for 14 days and was then checked into rehab. Obviously she did not learn anything from her past sentence — Lindsay has to face a 90-day rehab stint. Hopefully she stays out of jail in the future.
In 1988, Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee was sentenced to prison after pleading no contest to spousal abuse. He served four months of his sentence and returned home alone and did not inform his friends he was out until a few days had passed. Lee used his jail time to work on music for his upcoming album with his new band Methods Of Mayhem. Lee has not served any jail time since then, but has been sued multiple times and mostly had his name cleared.
In 2007, actress Paris Hilton was released from jail after serving a sentence for violating her probation on an alcohol-related driving incident. She was welcomed home by her friends, family and Taco Bell. In June 2010, Hilton received a similar sentence but was released to house arrest mere days after imprisonment because of medical problems. Hilton, like Lohan, is obviously not changing because of a few weeks of jail time.
Judging from Lil Wayne’s actions and words, his jail time did not actually have a great deal of effect on him. The album was released as scheduled, and he says he did not fear being behind bars. Also, if you look at past examples, most celebrities do not actually change after serving time in jail. While Wayne’s crime was a somewhat different case from the rest of the celebrities, I believe if he pays attention to them, he will realize he should change in order to prevent his return to jail. I wish him the best.