By Liza Hamm
December 24, 2007 12:00 PM

Kiefer Sutherland reported to the Glendale City Jail Dec. 5 to serve 48 days—including his Dec. 21st birthday—for his September DUI arrest. Arriving with tennis shoes, underwear and two books, the 24 star, 40, quickly impressed the staff. “He’s humble and polite,” says Glendale police spokesman John Balian. “He’s been a model prisoner.”


Because he’s considered a long-term inmate, the actor gets his own 8′ × 10′ room with a toilet, sink and water fountain.


Prisoners get three meals a day through slots in their cell doors. So far, Sutherland has had cornflakes and eggs for breakfast, chili and sandwiches for lunch. And for dinner? Chicken à la king.


As a jail worker, he spends a few hours a day laundering the sheets, towels and blankets. Soon he’ll serve meals to the other 10 or so inmates. He’s ready to work: On day three, he asked, “Is there anything else you need me to do?”


Lights go on around 7:30 a.m., and the men can have two showers a day and two visitors between 1 and 4 p.m. Sutherland’s duties mean he can roam the facility most of the day. As for downtime, he has TV access—and has gotten over 100 pieces of fan mail a day.