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Michael Douglas Criticizes U.S. Prison System

Michael Douglas took aim at the U.S. prison system after winning an Emmy last night. Cameron Douglas is serving a nine-year sentence for drug related charges in Pennsylvania. Although the original sentence was for five years, he received an additional four years for having his attorney smuggle heroin to him while incarcerated. Prisonpath previously discussed his volatile prison life in “Michael Douglas’ Son – Prison Violence.” As part of his new sentence, Cameron Douglas was placed in solitary confinement for two years and no personal visits. The visiting restriction applied also to his father, Michael Douglas.

After the award ceremony, the famous actor stated: “My son is in federal prison. He’s been a drug addict for a large part of his life. Part of the punishments — if you happen to have a slip, and this is for a prisoner who is nonviolent, as about a half-million of our drug-addicted prisoners are — he’s spent almost two years in solitary confinement. Right now I’ve been told that I can’t see him for two years. It’s been over a year now. And I’m questioning the system.”

Douglas also stated: “Obviously at first, I was certainly disappointed in my son. But I’ve reached a point now where I’m very disappointed with the system. And as you can see from what Attorney General Eric Holder has been doing regarding our prison system, I think things are going to be revived, regarding nonviolent drug addicts. My last comment on that is the United States represents 5 percent of the world’s population and we have 25 percent of the world’s prisoners.”

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4 Responses to Michael Douglas Criticizes U.S. Prison System

  1. kalena September 25, 2013 at 4:03 am #

    Thank you Michael for talking up. I really hope something changes with you speaking up. My son also is serving a 6 months sentence in a medium security. I asked his lawyer why? The answer was it’s out of their hands. The prison system makes that decision. We live Supposedley in the greatest country in the world. It’s not true. Lots of things are a cover up and there isn’t any justice.
    Thanks again for speaking up.

  2. PrisonPath September 25, 2013 at 2:57 pm #

    Cameron Douglas needs help in overcoming his drug addiction whether serving time in prison or not. I do not know if the facility where Cameron is located is equipped to provide such help.
    By Willie

  3. PrisonPath September 28, 2013 at 2:55 pm #

    We need more people in the public eye like Michael Douglas to speak out on issues like this. We have a young man who committed murder, (drive by), pled to negligent homicide; the judge had no choice but to commute his sentence to time served. The only reason he is still in jail after serving little more than 2 years is because of the outstanding burglary charge he had as well. Meanwhile we have many drug users and mentally ill inmates serving mandatory sentences of 10 years or more. We must push to change our legal/judicial systems, it won’t happen without us. We are now in our 11th year of Alpha at our local jail. 8 years into our re-entry programs. Thank God we have the support of our Mayor, D.A., Sheriff and State P
    By Lisa

  4. PrisonPath October 9, 2013 at 6:15 pm #

    t is by this type of person, a public figure, that can create the attention of the people to bring change for the wrong. It would be such a great thing if all the Michael Douglas’s could get together and hold a benefit for change that would have no other choice than to attract the attention and coverage of the National/International news/media. Perhaps this would bring an awareness to the armchair sheep of the injustice of the justice system and spark enough fury within them to demand change and true justice. Justice does not have to come in the form of incarceration, it may come in the form of compassion, understanding the root cause of a problem and addressing those issues to stop crime before it occurs. Justice may come in the form of drug treatment, counseling and a closely monitored, tested, probation system. Justice may come in the form of changing the vary laws regarding drugs that have so many people locked up in this country.
    The world is full of other Nations that have different and more efficient methods of dealing with drug addiction and far lower incarceration rates than the U.S. The wheel does not need to be invented, it is already here. Someone just needs to get it rolling in the correct path.

    Thank you Mr. Douglas, I am sorry for your son as he is a duplicit victim: one of the drug and also of the system.
    By JOHN

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