By Ross Perez 11 Aug, 2010

Often, the only thing more egregious than the crimes celebrities commit is the time that they serve for them. Or lack thereof. The first view in this visualization compares the jail time for noted celebrity offenders to the maximum time they could have been sentenced to. The second view shows the percentage of their actual sentence that each celeb served.

The color of each dot represents the actual time served (in months) for each celeb. You can see in the top view that T.I. has the darkest dot, representing his 12 months in prison. That is certainly hard time, but just a 10th of the 10 year sentence he could have faced. In the bottom view, you can see the notoriously short prison stays for Lindsay Lohan, Nicole Richie and Adam "Pacman" Jones- none of which came even close to 1% of the term they were sentenced to.


This is kind of a meaningless chart unless compared to the rates in the general population. Shouldn't you be using time served by celebrity compared with avg. time served for these crimes in general?

I agree with data geek. This data is only useful if compared to time spent incarcerated for non-celebrities.

An excellent idea! The problem is, reliable data is not available for "average time served" (to my knowledge). If you find it, feel free to download the workbook and add on, or send the data to me and I will.

Thanks for your comments,