Cameron Douglas Released to Halfway House

It's been a long 7 years for Cameron Douglas, son of actor Michael Douglas. This week the former heroin addict and meth seller was released from federal prison to a half-way house.

He looks in much better shape than he did at the time of his original arrest in 2009.

In 2012, Cameron was badly hurt in prison. In 2011 and 2012, I provided a lengthy recap of his legal troubles from court pleadings available at the time here and here. In 2010, I wrote about the sentencing pleadings and very candid family letters and provided a recap of events . Posts about his 2009 arrest and release on bail are here and here.

I took all of the information in the posts from publicly available pleadings, not just in his case, but in the cases of the Escalera brothers, against whom he testified. All of my posts on his case are accessible here.

Here's a letter Cameron wrote from prison in 2013. According to the Page 6 article, he's planning on writing a book of his experiences.

The Bureau of Prisons failed Douglas in my view. He more than did his time, under very harsh conditions. I wish him and his family well.

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    I just hope Cameron Douglas remains sober. (5.00 / 1) (#3)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Tue Aug 02, 2016 at 02:17:04 PM EST
    That's going to be a lifelong battle against a disease such as addiction, and I wish him nothing but the best in that regard. I have family members who are in constant struggle with addiction and from the standpoint of personal relationships, it's a rather bleak and painful thing to watch. I can only imagine what it must be like to experience it firsthand.

    If this were an open thread (5.00 / 2) (#4)
    by Peter G on Tue Aug 02, 2016 at 05:30:25 PM EST
    I would post the good news that the Delaware State Supreme Court has struck down the state's death penalty.

    there will be one soon (none / 0) (#5)
    by Jeralyn on Tue Aug 02, 2016 at 09:20:28 PM EST
    He looks pretty good in the picture... (none / 0) (#1)
    by desertswine on Tue Aug 02, 2016 at 01:22:23 PM EST
    I hope he does well and gets what he needs.

    There so many Cameron Dougless's (5.00 / 1) (#2)
    by jondee on Tue Aug 02, 2016 at 01:35:06 PM EST
    He sounds like a bright guy with some resources at his diposal; maybe he could become an advocate for some of the others who've been tossed down the memory hole.

    These are our sons and daughters and brothers and sisters.


    just my feelings (none / 0) (#6)
    by linea on Tue Aug 02, 2016 at 09:46:01 PM EST
    but it doesnt feel right to me that this sort of thing gets a sentence in a Federal prison.

    (as opposed to the State handling the prosecution and sentencing and the decision on how to treat/punish)

    If Douglas engaged in drug trafficking ... (none / 0) (#7)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Tue Aug 02, 2016 at 10:11:02 PM EST
    ... across international borders or transported contraband across state lines, then he committed a federal offense, which probably explains his original charge. He further didn't do himself any favors by attempting to have heroin smuggled to him while incarcerated, which only compounded his original predicament.

    An individual state such as California or New York (where Douglas was first arrested and charged) doesn't have the authority to try people for offenses that were committed outside its borders or jurisdiction. When the offense occurs in multiple states, the feds tend to get involved.



    i dunno (5.00 / 1) (#8)
    by linea on Tue Aug 02, 2016 at 10:18:53 PM EST
    maybe drug addicts dealing drugs (duh) doesnt need to be a priority Federal thing?

    It shouldn't be a crime thing, period... (5.00 / 1) (#9)
    by kdog on Wed Aug 03, 2016 at 10:25:41 AM EST
    but our society has a whole 'nother addiction problem...chains and cage addiction.

    It appears we are finally coming around to admitting we have an incarceration/criminal justice problem, which is the first step to recovery....admitting we have a problem.


    please remember to put (none / 0) (#10)
    by Jeralyn on Wed Aug 03, 2016 at 10:29:45 PM EST
    urls in html format. Use the link button at the top of the comment box or get a tiny url -- long ones skew the site and comments with them are deleted.