Paris Hilton Drops Appeal After Jail Time Is Cut For Good Behavior

The heiress, who abandoned the appeal Thursday, will serve 23 days in a California detention center's 'special needs housing unit.'

Known for a partying lifestyle and seldom far from a scandal, Paris Hilton isn't often recognized for her good behavior. But jail officials have credited good behavior, including the hotel heiress' appearance at her latest court date, for reducing Hilton's prison sentence from 45 days to at least 23, Los Angeles County sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore announced Wednesday. reports that Hilton abandoned her probation-violation appeal on Thursday (May 17).

Hilton will serve her time separated from the general inmate population in a "special needs housing unit" at the Century Regional Detention Center in Lynwood, California, The Associated Press reported. These cells are specifically reserved for high-profile inmates — including celebrities, police officers and prison guards — who might otherwise be targeted by fellow prisoners.

As part of her rehabilitation, the 26-year-old socialite will get at least an hour a day outside her cell, where she can participate in activities including showering, talking on the phone and watching TV.

"She will do fine if she follows the rules," Whitmore said, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Hilton's latest legal trouble stems from an arrest for driving under the influence last September (see "Paris Hilton Arrested For Suspicion Of Drunk Driving"). She pleaded no contest, was sentenced to three years probation and subsequently had her license suspended. Hilton was pulled over three times during the period of her suspension, each time violating her probation. She was sentenced to 45 days in jail on May 5 (see "Paris Hilton Sentenced To 45 Days Behind Bars") for violating the terms of her probation.

[This story was originally published at 7:34 ET on 05.17.07.]