There's a reckoning that needs to happen before you surrender to authorities for a jail term. Whether you're a celebrity or an average Joe, affairs have to be put in order, plans need to be made, and goodbyes have to be said.
But if you are a celebrity, there may also be a lot of business you have to complete before surrendering your freedom. And with Lindsay Lohan less than 24 hours away from reporting to a Los Angeles jail to serve a 90-day sentence for probation violations, it's worth noting how other celebrity inmates spent their final hours before going in.
Lohan is expected to serve only 23 days of her sentence, due to chronic overcrowding at jail facilities in Los Angeles, to be followed by a 90-day term in an inpatient rehab facility, meaning she is likely to be out of the star machinery full time until the fall. With only one major project on her docket at press time — the Linda Lovelace biopic "Inferno" — unlike other celebs, Lohan isn't leaving behind a lot of unfinished business.
In contrast, before he began serving a one-year term in March on a gun charge, rapper Lil Wayne was a dervish of activity, filming seven music videos in one day, hitting the studio to lay down tracks that might show up on an upcoming EP, hopping onstage with Young Jeezy, Nicki Minaj and Drake at Madison Square Garden and attending various parties.
Before going in for his one-year bid on gun charges, T.I. spent his time filming the MTV show "Road to Redemption," on which he attempted to put some wayward souls on the straight-and-narrow, and logging time at more than 260 public appearances talking to youth groups, churches and schoolkids. He also joined Young Jeezy and Ludacris onstage at a peacemaking show in Atlanta and spoke out against gun violence.
Gucci Mane also spent time in the lab just before he went away for a year on probation-violation charges, finishing up work on The State vs. Radric Davis.
Then there was Paris Hilton, who did what she always does the night before she was locked up as a result of a parole violation for DUI arrest: She partied. The golden-haired heiress walked the red carpet at the 2007 MTV Movie Awards, bucking those who expected her to shamefully slink to jail by spending her last hours of freedom basking in the limelight. "I decided to do something nice before I went off," she told MTV News of her 23-day jail sentence at the Century Regional Detention Center in Lynwood, California, the same jail that will hold Lohan. While Hilton was released after five days for medical reasons, the judge summoned her to reappear in court and ordered that she be sent back to jail to serve her full sentence.
It was mostly business as usual for Khloé Kardashian, who was sentenced to 30 days in jail for a DUI. The youngest of the reality-TV sisters spent the weekend before her incarceration at a beach-house party in Malibu with her mother and sister Kourtney, where she got a massage.
Lohan, typically seen at several Hollywood hot spots a week, has kept an unusually low profile in the days leading up to her jailing, which will be considerably longer than the 84 minutes she spent in lockup in 2007 on a drunk-driving offense. Last Thursday, she was spotted checking into a sober-living facility, which she appeared to be staying in until she reports Tuesday.