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Here’s Why A Jail Cell Is Truly The Best Place For Chris Brown Right Now

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Last night, Chris Brown was arrested at the Malibu rehab facility where he’s spent the last four months.  While the specific details remain unclear, we do know it was because he violated his five-year probation (stemming from his attach on Rihanna in 2009) and the facility’s rules.  And, since you can’t violate probation or break rules without consequences, he was promptly arrested.

Though Brown was recently diagnosed with Bipolar II disorder as well as PTSD, and I would normally agree that being in a facility that focuses on helping people cope with their mental illnesses is the right place for him to be, but he’s proven that he doesn’t truly want to help himself right now.  So why do I think jail can help him when nothing else has?  Because I think he needs to be slapped in the face with accountability, and I honestly don’t believe he’ll get that any other way.  He needs to learn how to survive in an environment where he isn’t the one in control, and perhaps the much harsher surroundings of a jail cell instead of a cushy celebrity rehab facility can offer the lessons he needs to learn.

There are plenty of people out there suffering from mental illnesses who find ways to cope with them and functionally participate in life without abusing others or themselves on a regular basis.  People without millions of dollars and celebrity status.  In prison, everyone is treated the same way.  You all wear the same clothes, live in the same type of cell, and participate in the same activities.  No one cares if you’re Chris Brown or Charlie Sheen or Lindsay Lohan or the second coming of Jesus, for that matter.  You don’t have a choice but to follow the rules and the general order of things there.  You have a lot of time to sit and think about what got you in there, and how you can avoid ever getting stuck in there again.

Since this is a celebrity we’re talking about, I doubt Chris Brown will be in jail longer than a day or two.  Which is unfortunate, but it’s reality.  Maybe he wouldn’t learn anything in jail, because there are certainly people out there who truly never “get it” and think nothing of wasting opportunities to learn valuable lessons.  But I think until he gets thrown in there for a good while, the negative Chris Brown stories will continue to be a dime a dozen.

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  • J_Doe5686

    I don’t like him but I do think that he has potentials. If he controls and apply himself he’d be big.

  • Caitlin

    THANK YOU!
    I have mixed Bipolar Disorder with rapid-cycling. I have PTSD from losing a child, being abused, date raped, and causing a horrific car accident. I have worked SO fucking hard, to better myself and find balance. On that road, I have made poor choices, hurt those closest to me and stayed in a facility for mental illness. I know that every brain is different, even within a similar diagnosis. But when he basically used that as an excuse to explain away his behavior…. GO FUCK YOURSELF DUDE!
    No matter HOW out of myself I am, my actions are my responsibility. I know what is right and wrong even when I am at my worst. Your mind may make it easier to act on impulses you know are wrong, but after the fact, you have to take responsibility. It is hard to hold yourself accountable, to not use your problems as reason to not better yourself everyday. Sometimes, every second is a struggle to contain yourself, but millions of people conquer their days… He needs to be one of them.

    • Cassandra Hough

      His excuses definitely do a disservice to others who struggle with similar diagnoses. I’m so sorry you’ve experienced those terrible things, but you seem to have achieved a level of self-awareness to be proud of. Seriously.

    • Caitlin

      Don’t be sorry! Every human experience is different and we all deal with everything in our own way. So what I have a boohoo story, that doesn’t mean my life is any harder than anyone else. I don’t like to throw that stuff out there, because who I am now, is more important than what has happened to me. Letting go of those wounds as a crutch has really helped me move forward.
      Thank you very much. I am very proud of myself and become more so with time. Now I want to help others find their own path!

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