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    Kiefer Sutherland an Agent of Freedom

    Kiefer Sutherland's 1,152 hours (give or take) are up.

    The 24 star was released from Glendale City Jail at 12:05 a.m. Monday, after completing his 48-day sentence for driving under the influence and a probation violation.

    "He was a model prisoner," said Officer John Balian of the Glendale PD. "No problems. He did his work and didn't complain."

    Sutherland, who wore a shirt and jeans when he left lockup, opted for Glendale rather than the notoriously crowded, rough-and-tumble digs at Men's Central Jail in downtown Los Angeles.  The choice also ensured he would be ineligible for early release—a perk some of his fellow celebs have been privy to in other L.A. County facilities, thanks to the chronic overcrowding situation.

    Instead, Sutherland, whom jail staff described as "polite and humble" upon his arrival, settled in for the long haul.

    Sutherland's only visitor during the past month and a half was his lawyer, but the Emmy winner received gobs of mail from people all over the world.

    While he didn't have a roommate, Sutherland had the opportunity to get up close and personal with his fellow inmates. Prisoner 1085109 was assigned laundry duty—washing, folding, the works—a few days after he arrived.

    The 41-year-old actor, who celebrated a birthday behind bars, checked in to jail on Dec. 5, just a few hours after he was formally sentenced. He pleaded no contest on Oct. 9 to driving with a blood-alcohol level above 0.08 percent—a misdemeanor but also a no-no considering his previous DUI conviction—and was given 30 days for the new infraction and 18 for the probation violation.

    Sutherland will continue to be on probation for another five years, and he was ordered to pay a $510 fine, attend weekly Alcoholics Anonymous meetings for six months and complete an 18-month alcohol-education program.

    But while he's probably primed to go back to work or do at least something normal, Sutherland is one of many stars without a show in which to shine.

    Production on the seventh season of 24 was suspended last month due to the ongoing writers' strike, so the producers' plans to shoot around Sutherland's jail time turned out to be unnecessary. Fox then opted to delay the midseason-TV staple indefinitely this year until a complete 24-hour day is able to unfold in consecutive weeks.

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