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    Paris Goes Back to Where It All Began

    Paris Hilton has come full circle. 

    The jailbird heiress was transferred Wednesday night from the medical ward at Los Angeles' Twin Towers Correctional Facility back to the Lynwood jail where she began her sentence more than a week ago.

    Hilton, 26, had been at the correctional treatment center since she was sent back to jail last week. She was said to be undergoing medical and psychiatric testing to determine which facility she should be placed in to serve out the remainder of her sentence.

    Apparently, those tests revealed that the Century Regional Detention Center was the place for her.

    At a brief press conference Thursday morning, Sheriff's Department spokesman Steve Whitmore said the medical staff at Twin Towers had cleared Hilton to return to Lynwood but that she would continue to be monitored.

    He said Hilton was currently being kept in the Lynwood facility's medical clinic, where she was being evaluated to ensure that she was stable enough to return to the same module of the jail in which she was incarcerated during her prior stay as an inmate.

    It was there she developed the "severe medical problems" that led a concerned Sheriff Lee Baca to reassign her from a 12-by-8 cell at the facility to house arrest at her spacious Hollywood Hills home.

    Of course, we all know how that  turned out. Hours after the Simple Life star was fitted with an electronic monitoring bracelet and returned home, Superior Court Judge Michael T. Sauer hauled her into court and sent her directly back to jail to finish serving the sentence he had originally imposed.

    Though Hilton's legal team initially vowed to appeal, the jailed celebutante ultimately decided not to bother, stating she intended "to serve my time as ordered by the judge."

    This time around, Hilton may be better equipped to handle the conditions at Century Regional Detention Center, as she claims to have reached the realization that her time in the lockup is part of a plan determined by a higher power.

    In a phone conversation with Barbara Walters last weekend, the apparently reformed party girl said she had become "much more spiritual" since returning to jail and that she now felt that God was giving her a "new chance."

    "My spirit or soul did not like the way I was being seen, and that is why I was sent to jail," she told Walters, who related the conversation on Monday's View. "God has released me."

    Hilton vowed to Walters that she was dropping her dumb "act" and said she planned to work on making a difference in the world upon her release.

    According to Walters, breast cancer and multiple sclerosis are two of the causes to which the newly awakened heiress is considering devoting her time, while another potential project would be the construction of a Paris Hilton Playhouse, where sick children could play and toy companies could donate.

    Then again, that so-called spiritual awakening took place in the comparatively spacious 120-square-foot cell at Twin Towers. It remains to be seen whether she will be able to maintain her equanimity when confined to one of the considerably smaller cells Lynwood has to offer.

    In her conversation with Walters, Hilton referred to her prior stint as an inmate of Century Regional as a "horrible" experience.

    "I was not eating or sleeping," she said. "I was severely depressed and felt as if I was in a cage."

    Though Hilton's exact "medical issues" have not been revealed, the sheriff indicated at a press conference last week that they were psychological in nature. A friend of the heiress told E! Online she suffers from claustrophobia, while TMZ reported that she has been diagnosed with extreme ADD.

    At least she's halfway home. As of Thursday, Hilton had been credited with serving 12 days of her 45-day sentence for violating her probation on a reckless-driving charge. She is expected to be released after 23 days, due to credit for good behavior.

    Even with her sentence sliced in half, Hilton will end up serving more time than 80 percent of the individuals sent to L.A. County Jail for similar offenses, according to an analysis of jail records conducted by the Los Angeles Times.

    Of 2 million jail releases researched, the Times found 1,500 cases since July 2002 where the defendant was arrested for DUI and later sentenced to jail after a probation violation or driving on a suspended license. Sixty percent of those inmates were released after serving a brief stint similar in length to Hilton's initial three days behind bars; however few, if any, were released due to medical conditions.

    The Times' findings come amid widespread accusations that Hilton was granted preferential treatment by Baca because of her celebrity status.

    The L.A. Board of Supervisors has launched an investigation into the circumstances that led to Hilton's reassignment to house arrest, while always camera-ready attorney Gloria Allred has filed a racial and disability claim against Baca and the county on behalf of a disabled African-American Lynwood inmate who she claims received "much worse" treatment than Hilton, despite her arguably more serious medical problems.

    In other Paris news unrelated to her current behind-bars situation, Barbara Walters said on her Sirius Satellite Radio Show this week that she would definitely consider having the heiress on the View as a cohostess, though producer Bill Geddie firmly disagreed that it was a good idea.

    Meanwhile, Marvel Comics icon Stan Lee confirmed to the New York Daily News that he is developing an animated series starring the heiress for MTV, which a separate source likened to 2003's Stripperella, starring Pamela Anderson.

    But despite all that and her family fortune besides, Hilton was not deemed enough of a power player to make this year's Forbes' Celebrity Power 100 list. Last year, the hotel namesake came in at number 56.

    (View our photo timeline chronicling Paris' travails, from her original alcohol-related bust to her return trip to the pokey.)

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