Famous actor Michael Douglas’ son, Cameron Douglas, has finally been released from prison. Cameron spent no less than seven years behind bars on a drug conviction. The incident dates back to 2010. Then, Cameron was sentenced to a five-year prison term for selling methamphetamine and possessing heroin.
However, things have not been going well for Cameron since that moment. He later admitted charges of smuggling drugs into prison and his jail sentence was extended to two years in solitary confinement at Maryland’s Cumberland Federal Corrections Institute. Initially, Cameron was set to be released in 2018. However, he was allowed to leave sooner, but has been living in a halfway house in Brooklyn.
Of course, the whole situation with his son has been very difficult for the famous Hollywood star. Still, during a previous interview with People magazine, the actor said he was “holding up fine.” “It’s a very difficult situation and painful, as I’m sure any mother or father of a substance abuser knows. So we’re doing the best we can,” the actor stated. Cameron is Michael’s son from his first marriage to Diandra Douglas. The two separated in 2000 after no less than 23 years together.
Michael Douglas has also criticized the prison system and claimed that his son received a too harsh punishment. The sentencing has not kept the famous actor away from Cameron. Actually, he constantly visited him in jail and said that his son was “a drug addict, but he’s done more than his fair share of time for it.”
Cameron also opened up about the time spent in jail. Actually, in 2013 he wrote an open letter for the Huffington Post. He claimed that the system fails to look at the fact that addicts suffer from a disease and ends up punishing them more severely than what is granted for many violent crimes.
“I’m not saying that I didn’t deserve to be punished, or that I’m worthy of special treatment. I made mistakes and I’ll gladly and openly admit my faults. However, I seem to be trapped in a vicious cycle of relapse and repeat, as most addicts are. Unfortunately, whereas the effective remedy for relapse should be treatment, the penal system’s “answer” is to lock the door and throw away the key.”