Los Angeles County Jail cell
06/04/2007 at 06:00 PM EDT
is coping as well as possible with an "unjust, unfair" sentence alone in a tiny cell 23 hours a day, her lawyer said Monday after visiting the heiress.
"Her attitude is: I'm going to come in here, I'm going to do my time, get it over with, and I'm going to show the world who I really am," attorney Richard A. Hutton told reporters outside the women's jail in Lynwood. "She's using this time to reflect on her life, to see what she can do to make the world better."
Hilton, 26, was sentenced to 45 days
on May 4 for violating her probation, but with good behavior could serve 23 days.
She reported to jail
late Sunday after a weekend of partying
and attending the MTV Movie Awards
"She's doing very well under the circumstances," Hutton said. "The staff here have reported that she has been gracious, polite, and thankful for helping her."
Hilton's celebrity made it impossible for her to serve her sentence in a dorm-like room with dozens of other women where "the time would pass quick," he said. Instead, she's been segregated from the general population and placed in a cell less than 100 square feet for 23 hours a day in solitary confinement, according to Hutton.
"Because of who she is, they had no choice – and believe me, we are more interested in her safety more than anything else – but they had no choice but to place her in administrative segregation," he said. "The one hour of the day she's out, she is allowed to ... take a shower or talk on the phone.
"But she's in isolation for 23 of the 24 hours of the day," he added. "And ask yourself, for what? For driving on a suspended license as a probation violation. This is unjust, unfair, and she really is, unfortunately, a victim of a system that we pride so much on being fair. But for Paris Hilton it is not. Finally, my client's reaction to this has been fantastic. I'm very, very proud of her."