Michael Douglas’ 37-year-old son, Cameron, has been released from prison after serving nearly seven years, People confirms. The news outlet said that Cameron’s initial release was supposed to be in 2018, but he is now living in a halfway house in Brooklyn.
The actor’s son was sentenced to five years in prison for possessing heroin and dealing crystal meth in 2010, according to a RadarOnline report. Cameron was given more jail time after he pleaded guilty to smuggling drugs into prison.
After he failed a drug test behind bars in 2013, Cameron’s sentence was extended by four and and half years, two of which were spent in solitary confinement. Cameron wrote about his time in prison for The Huffington Post while he was still incarcerated in 2013.
“There are half a million other people in the U.S. who, like me, will go to sleep behind bars tonight because of nothing more than a drug law violation,” Cameron wrote. “Our prisons are filled with non-violent drug offenders who are losing much of what is relevant in life. This outdated system pays little, if any, concern to the disease of addiction, and instead punishes it more harshly than many violent crimes.”
Michael also spoke about his son’s time in federal prison at the 2013 Emmys.
“Obviously, at first, I was certainly disappointed in my son. But I’ve reached a point now where I’m very disappointed with the system,” he said. “My last comment on that is the United States represents 5 percent of the world’s population and we have 25 percent of the world’s prisoners.”
To read the rest of Cameron’s 2013 blog on HuffPost, head here.