After seven long years, Michael Douglas' son is a free man

Aug 1, 2016 at 2:32 p.m. ET
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It's been nearly seven long years, but Michael Douglas' son Cameron is finally out from behind bars.

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Cameron, who has been open about his struggles with addiction, was sentenced to five years in prison in 2010 for possession of heroin and selling meth. He later had two years added to his sentence after he admitted to smuggling drugs into prison. He spent those two years in solitary confinement at Maryland's Cumberland Federal Correctional Institute.

Even though Cameron's release was scheduled for 2018, People magazine has learned that he's currently living in a halfway house in Brooklyn, New York.

Michael Douglas shares Cameron with his ex-wife of 23 years, Diandra Douglas. The pair divorced in 2000. Michael has spoken little about Cameron, but shortly after his son's arrest, he told reporters he was "holding up fine."

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"It's a very difficult situation and painful, as I'm sure any mother or father of a substance abuser knows," he said at the time. "So we're doing the best we can."

However, Michael has regularly visited Cameron in prison and has advocated for prison reformation, especially since Cameron spent so much time in solitary confinement.

"I see him twice a month now because he's incarcerated closer to our home," Michael told People magazine. "He's a drug addict, but he's done more than his fair share of time for it."

Cameron himself has spoken out about harsh punishments that are given to nonviolent drug offenders. He penned an open letter for Huffington Post in 2013, writing, "This outdated system pays little, if any, concern to the disease of addiction, and instead punishes it more harshly than many violent crimes. I'm not saying that I didn't deserve to be punished, or that I'm worthy of special treatment. I made mistakes and I'll gladly and openly admit my faults. However, I seem to be trapped in a vicious cycle of relapse and repeat, as most addicts are. Unfortunately, whereas the effective remedy for relapse should be treatment, the penal system's "answer" is to lock the door and throw away the key."

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