Cameron Douglas Released From Solitary Confinement

By McCarton Ackerman 03/20/14

After nearly two years, Douglas has emerged from solitary and he has his father's Emmy acceptance speech to thank.

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New reports have confirmed that Cameron Douglas, son of actor Michael Douglas, has been released from solitary confinement after nearly two years.

The long-time addict has been in solitary confinement at Maryland’s Cumberland Federal Corrections Institute after a drug relapse while in prison. Many are crediting the speech his father made at the Emmys with helping to speed along the process of getting his son out of solitary confinement. But while Cameron now has visitation rights, it’s still unclear whether his parents will be allowed to see him.

Michael mentioned Cameron directly in his speech six months ago and later elaborated that “if you happen to have a slip, that inmate would get extra punishment. In my son’s case, he has spent almost two years in solitary confinement. Right now I’ve been told that I can’t see him for two years. It’s been over a year now. And I’m questioning the system.” He later co-created a petition on that would allow Cameron to have visitation rights, but later withdrew it because he didn’t want to suggest that his son deserved special treatment.

Cameron was arrested in July 2009 and sentenced to house arrest for selling meth out of a New York City hotel room, but received a five-year prison sentence after his girlfriend was caught smuggling him heroin. But after being caught smuggling drugs into prison on numerous occasions, Cameron had an extra 4.5 years added on to his sentence. In October 2012, he suffered a broken leg and finger after prison mobsters put a $100 bounty on his head for “ratting” out his drug suppliers. An appeals court denied his request last April for reduced prison time, leading addiction experts to slam his unusually long sentence.

"Punishing Douglas for using opiates in prison, while denying him treatment, is tantamount to punishing a diabetic for insulin possession," wrote Maia Szalavitz. "Typically, prisoners caught with drugs are punished with loss of privileges like visits and phone calls, not a doubling of their initial sentence."

Watch Michael talk about Cameron after his Emmy win:

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McCarton Ackerman is a freelance writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. He has been a contributor for The Fix since October 2011, writing on a wide range of topics ranging from medical marijuana in Colorado to the world's sexiest drug smugglers. Follow him on Linkedin and Twitter.