Chris Brown Almost Went To Jail This Time But No Cigar, So What Should We Be Hoping For?

Let's start this by stating, for the record, that at this point I, for one, have very little idea what "solution" I am rooting for in all the ongoing hoopla surrounding Chris Brown. Actually, that's not true, I do know: I'm rooting for self-awareness and rehabilitation on his part. But when it comes to what might realistically get him there? Jeez, I don't know. Which is why the fact that a Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge just kept Chris Brown out of jail is, well, complicated.

See, when Chris Brown (allegedly) punched that guy a few months back, he was violating his probation in the Rihanna assault case. As such, he recently had a hearing in which the prosecutor moved to punish Brown's violation with some jail time. As the New York Daily News put it, Judge James Brandlin "sided with the short-fused singer" and rejected the motion.

And, yes, not sending Brown to jail is siding with the singer. It's also, if you think about it, might also be siding with the world. Because also according to the NYDN, "Brandlin said Brown appeared to be showing progress in his anger management rehab program and should stay put for the foreseeable future."

There will likely be a few articles surrounding this news, bemoaning the fact that we've missed a chance to toss Brown behind bars for his actions, and yes, we did. There's also very little way for us as the general curious and often cynical public to actually know the nuances and details of how Brown's rehab is going.

And let's not confuse this with blind optimism or the spewing of rainbows and puppies all over a crappy situation surrounding crappy behavior, but if Brown is doing well in rehab — read: Actually understanding the errors of his ways, and learning ways to deal with his anger and his other issues through methods that don't involve punching anybody or throwing rocks through his mother's windshield — then I may be alone here, but that's where I want him to stay.