Fri, 11 January 2008 01:49:36 ET
The actress only served 18 days of her 180-day sentence for violating probation in her DUI case.
Freedom comes way early for Michelle Rodriguez
. Originally sentenced for 180 days in prison for violating her probation in a DUI case, the "S.W.A.T
" star got released from Lymwood's Century Regional Detention Facility on Wednesday, January 9, 2008 after only staying for 18 days behind the bars.
The Bexar County, Texas native was reportedly set free under a program that deals with jail overcrowding by allowing nonviolent female inmates to serve as little as ten percent of their sentence.
Regarding her early release, Sheriff's Department spokesman Steve Whitmore claimed no special treatment was given to the actress just because she is a celebrity.
"She was treated the same way as all female inmates," Whitmore said in a statement. "The sheriff supports the desire to have inmates serve their full sentence but is limited because of the extent of overcrowding."
Rodriguez was sentenced in October last year for failing to complete her 30 hours of court-ordered community service and for drinking while wearing an alcohol monitoring device. The 29-year-old at that time was still on probation after pleading no contest to drunken driving, hit-and-run, and driving on a suspended license in connection with two Hollywood incidents in 2003.
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