In January 1998, Christian Slater began his three-month jail sentence. He was allowed to delay the start of his sentence so that he could attend the premiere night of his film titled “Hard Rain.” At the Hollywood event, Slater acknowledged his upcoming jail time and said, “We all do go through bad times and it’s a matter of … how you take responsibility and open your eyes to all the good stuff that you’ve been shutting out.” According to United Press International, he was part of the trustee program, wherein he was required to do menial tasks around the facility. Inmates were required to do up to eight hours of work daily, and they had various tasks, such as gardening, washing cars, cooking, and cleaning.
Slater spent 59 days in jail out of his 90-day sentence. In a 1998 interview with Rolling Stone, he recalled his daily routine. He woke up early to prepare food for prisoners and did some cleaning, including getting rid of puke. “It was disgusting. Unpleasant. Not fun. It was not cool,” he said. The people at the facility did not give him special treatment for his Hollywood star status. In there, he was just another person doing time for his crime. “I’m a criminal. I was in jail. I was doing my time. Nobody treated me any differently. Nobody cared,” he stated.