Michael Douglas Slams U.S. Prison System After Emmy Win

Post Date: September 23, 2013

Michael Douglas, Getty Images(Entertainment Weekly) — Michael Douglas took aim at the U.S. prison system backstage at the Emmy Awards on Sunday night following his somewhat cryptic comment while on stage accepting the award.

Douglas won Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie for his role in HBO’s Liberace bio-pic Behind the Candelabra. While his speech was jovial and included a humorous exchange with Candelabra co-star Matt Damon, the actor gave a shout out at the end of his speech to his oldest son Cameron, noting that he’s “hoping that … they’ll allow me to see him soon.”

Backstage, Douglas elaborated: “My son is in federal prison. He’s been a drug addict for a large part of his life. Part of the punishments — if you happen to have a slip, and this is for a prisoner who is nonviolent, as about a half-million of our drug-addicted prisoners are — he’s spent almost two years in solitary confinement. Right now I’ve been told that I can’t see him for two years. It’s been over a year now. And I’m questioning the system.”  Read more