Hilton Transferred From Jail Medical Ward

Paris Hilton was transferred back to the women's jail where she began serving her sentence after spending five days in the county jail medical ward, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said today.

Hilton, who was being treated for an unspecified medical condition at the Twin Towers jail medical center, was moved to the Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood, Calif., at about 11 p.m. last night, department spokesman Steve Whitmore told ABC News.

Whitmore described Hilton's condition as "stable" and said the hotel heiress was placed in Lynwood's medical clinic, where she would continue to be monitored. She will return to the jail's special needs unit, where she was originally housed, if her condition continues to improve, he told reporters.

L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca released Hilton, 26, from the Lynwood jail last Thursday, just three days into her 45-day sentence, citing an unspecified medical condition that he later said was psychological in nature.

Amid a torrent of public outrage, Judge Michael Sauer ordered Hilton to return to jail the next day. She underwent medical and psychological testing at the Twin Towers medical center to determine where she should be housed for the remainder of her sentence.

Hilton was sentenced to jail last month after she repeatedly violated her probation on an alcohol-related reckless driving charge. Her sentence was reduced to 23 days, and she is expected to be released June 25.

Legal experts have told ABC News that Hilton's sentence was unusually tough, given the charges against her.

Still, her early release sparked widespread criticism that she was given special treatment by Baca. It's common for inmates to be released from L.A.'s notoriously overcrowded jails after serving only a fraction of their sentences to reduce overcrowding.

It's rare, though, to release an inmate for medical reasons — something usually reserved for very ill or dying prisoners, lawyers said.

The L.A. County Board of Supervisors Tuesday asked Baca to give it a written explanation detailing why Hilton had been released early. The report is due next Tuesday, June 19.

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