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Inside Charlie Sheen's Cushy Prison Life

May 17 2010, Published 4:45 a.m. ET

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Charlie Sheen may go to jail over his domestic violence case involving his estranged wife Brooke Mueller but it won't be too tough of a sentence. has learned that the actor's possible prison is one of the cushiest in America!

A source told that Sheen’s lawyer and the District Attorney’s office in Colorado are trying to work out a plea deal in which Sheen would spend some time at Pitkin County Jail if the prosecutors dropped the felony charge against him. In return, the Two And A Half Men star would plead guilty to a misdemeanor and do some jail time. Sheen’s lawyers are trying to haggle down the 45 days currently on the table.

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His legal team is also trying to limit the amount of probation time factored into the deal because they don't want to risk the star compounding his problems if he gets in to trouble once again.

According to the source, Sheen is warming to the idea of prison because of what his life would be like inside the laid-back lockdown.

The facility is decked out with plants, spacious living areas, a gym, plus televisions and other amenities. Amazingly, when not locked in their cells, inmates are allowed to mingle with the opposite sex in shared living areas– something that would no doubt appeal to Sheen.

In addition, the jail is known for its excellent meals which are prepared at nearby Aspen Valley Hospital. When Sheen was arrested on Christmas Day following his altercation with Mueller prime rib was served for lunch and Cornish hen for dinner.

The jailers themselves include some colorful characters. Several are ex-cons who are known to treat the inmates with more compassion and understanding as a result of their own pasts. Both the inmates and jail staff are actively encouraged to get along and they even sit down and have lunches together so that they can establish friendly bonds.

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“If you treat someone like an animal, you release an animal,” Pitkin County Sheriff Bob Braudis once said. Braudis is a pro-marijuana advocate and a humanitarian known for his compassion.

The jail is accredited by the National Commission of Correctional Health Care and Chief Jailer Don Bird says it is the smallest facility accredited and has been since the 1980's.

He recently told a local newspaper: “We don't see bad guys in here; we see guys who've made bad choices and face consequences for what they did.”

It's possible of course that Sheen could do his jail time somewhere else as local judges are open to allowing convicts to serve their sentences in other jurisdictions if they request this or if the circumstances dictate it. But with Pitkin's laid-back and care-free atmosphere, the actor would be crazy not to see out his time inside the Aspen facility.

Sheen was formally charged with felony menacing and two misdemeanors: 3rd degree assault and criminal mischief, in connection with his alleged Christmas Day assault on Mueller. Menacing, the most serious charge, carries a sentence of one to three years in prison if he is convicted.



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