Michael Douglas Laments Son’s Incarceration During Emmy Speech
During his acceptance speech, the “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps” star gave a shout out to “my oldest son Cameron- I’m hoping I’ll be able to—[they’ll] allow me to see him soon.
After the onstage moment, Michael further explained his remarks during a backstage interview- "Well, my son is in federal prison based upon -– he's been a drug addict for a large part of his life and was arrested and selling drugs and is in federal prison."
"And part of their punishments if you happen to have a slip -– this is for a prisoner who is nonviolent -- as about a half a million of our drug addicted prisoners are, they punish you. So for my son's case, he's spent almost 2 years in solitary confinement and right now I'm being told that I cannot see him for two years."
"It's over a year now and I'm questioning the system. Obviously, at first, I was certainly disappointed with my son, but I've reached a point now where I'm very very disappointed with the system and, as you can see, from what [U.S.] Attorney General Eric Holder has been doing -- and other issues regarding our prison system -- I think things are going to be revived regarding nonviolent drug addicts/criminals. My last comment on that is the United States represents 5 percent of the world's population and we have 25 percent of the world's prisoners."