Lindsay Lohan is now a “fish.”
That’s what new inmates at the women’s jail are called, and to underscore their lowly status, each is given what’s called a “fish kit,” which is a sandwich bag containing a small tube of toothpaste, a white toothbrush, three packets of cream deodorant, three packets of shampoo and a small bar of soap.
“Nothing is name brand. They’re all generic and cheap quality,” says Michelle, a former inmate who declined to give her last name, about the intake process at the Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood, Calif.
As Lohan, 24, begins her 90-day sentence for violating probation in a DUI case, a strange and surreal world awaits, far from the perks and freedoms she enjoys during her jet-setting lifestyle – save one. She’ll have a show-business neighbor.
According to a jail insider, Lohan will be housed in a 12-by-8 cell next to E! reality TV star Alexis Neiers, 19, who’s currently at Lynwood on a six-month sentence for her part in burglarizing Orlando Bloom‘s house.
But Neiers got the more famous digs: She’s in the cell once occupied by Paris Hilton.
Lohan, who will be housed in her cell alone, was placed in the special needs unit – which is for high-profile inmates such as celebrities, police officers and public officials who could be targets for attack by other inmates, Sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore previously confirmed.
The biggest shock for the actress will likely be the approximate 22 hours of daily confinement in her cell, where she’ll be eating her meals. Smoking is also strictly forbidden, though an onsite medical staff is available if her nicotine withdrawal reaches dangerous proportions. Jail doctors also will provide Lohan with any medication she needs based on an evaluation.
She also will have to give up her Twitter habit since inmates have no access to Internet or cell phones, a jail chaplain confirms, though she can still relay messages during visiting hours for friends and family to post.
In fact, anything Lohan had on her person when she arrived at the facility was confiscated, including her watch, any jewelry, her medication, undergarments – hair extensions, if she’s wearing them – all which will be returned to her upon release.
But Lohan won’t be completely cut off from the outside world. “The inmates on that pod [where she is housed] can watch TV through the window of the door on their cell,” the jail insider says. “They watch I Love Lucy, Wheel of Fortune, and a local news channel all day long.”