4 Surprising People Who Have Served Jail Time

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4 Surprising People Who Have Served Jail Time

July 24, 2017

Actor James Cromwell will start his seven-day jail sentence for his arrest at a protest in 2015.

The famed actor says he’s not afraid to spend time behind bars because “once you commit yourself to commit an act of disobedience, you know there is going to be consequences.” He even said he’s “excited” about the experience.

Cromwell was standing up for the environment when he was arrested for obstructing traffic. Instead of taking the $375 fine and 16 hours of community service, he’s choosing to serve “symbolic” jail time because “people are getting the message that you can actually affect the change and you can live through the consequences.”

Cromwell’s surprising plight made us look at a few other famous faces who have shocked us by serving time in jail. They too have lived through the consequences of their actions. Here are three notable examples:

Martha Stewart

The world was shocked when America’s favorite homemaker and successful media mogul, Martha Stewart was charged with securities fraud, obstruction of justice, conspiracy and making false statements to prosecutors and the FBI in 2003.

The year prior she had sold hundreds of shares of ImClone Systems right before the stock plummeted; leading to an investigation of insider trading. She pleaded innocent, but in 2004, was found guilty of all charges except the securities fraud charge.

Stewart was sentenced to five months in prison; which she served from October 2004 to March 2005 at minimum-security prison in West Virginia. She then served another five months of house arrest at her home in Bedford, New York.

While incarcerated, Stewart’s net worth more than tripled.

About her time in the big house, Stewart said, “That deep hole was not a pleasant hole. And everybody tells you, ‘Oh, whatever happens to you, it will make you stronger, f*** them.”

Tim Allen

Before he was the funny dad on Home Improvement, Tim Allen spent two years and four months in federal prison for drug trafficking.

It was back in 1978 that Allen was arrested at the Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport in Michigan for possession of over 650 grams of cocaine. Instead of serving a life sentence, he pleaded guilty and ratted out other dealers for a three to seven-year sentence.

Earlier this year, the actor opened up about his time spent behind bars; telling Closer Weekly, “It put me in a position of great humility, and I was able to make amends to friends and family and refocus my life on setting and achieving goals.”

Judge Joe Brown

Joe Brown was the star of CBS’s Judge Joe Brown from 1998 to 2013.

In 2014, he got a taste of his own medicine when he was arrested for contempt of court. He was escorted out of the Shelby County Juvenile Court in handcuffs after getting into an argument with the chief magistrate and causing a riot in the courtroom.

He turned himself in the following year to serve a five-day stint in jail.

After completing his sentence, the judge told People that “Jail’s jail. It’s boring, it’s dirty. But I survived. I’m breathing free air.” About the altercation at the court that got him arrested he said, “I have always been a person who’s been about justice. When I saw a wrong, I was taught to do something about it. There was a manifest injustice in front of me. You have to do what is right.”

Disclaimer: The above is solely intended for informational purposes and in no way constitutes legal advice or specific recommendations.