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Michael Douglas Highlights Son’s Confinement in Emmy Speech
Posted on Sep 27, 2013
Actor Michael Douglas used his Emmy win Sunday to draw attention to the plight of Americans held in solitary confinement, including his son.
“I’m hoping I’ll be able and they’ll allow me to see him soon,” Douglas told the audience before telling reporters backstage that he has begun to doubt the system that prevents him from even seeing his incarcerated son.
Cameron Douglas was sentenced to five years in prison in 2010 for small time drug dealing and possession for personal use. He had a five time a day heroin habit at the time of his sentencing. As The Guardian’s Sadhbh Walshe sardonically writes, “Strangely enough … the addiction that plunged his life into chaos and then landed him in prison did not magically cure itself once he was incarcerated.”
A little over a year later, four and a half years were added to Cameron Douglas’ sentence after it was found he took drugs in prison. It’s the harshest sentence ever imposed on an inmate for the act.
Cameron Douglas has also had to spend two out of the four years of his incarceration so far in solitary confinement. There he is locked away for 23 hours a day and denied visits from anyone.
—Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.
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