Even though his daughter is serving time for breach of her probation conditions, Michael Lohan doesn't believe prison will help Lindsay to get sober.
"She's going to jail, but they are gonna keep her on the same prescriptions she was on when she went in?" Lohan asked "Extra's" Jerry Penacoli in an exclusive interview. "When you're on prescription meds, you're not in the right frame of mind. Everything's clouded. You're numbed from what's going on."
He added, "The full effect of jail, or prison, would be for those who enter with a clear mind. Get her off the drugs first, then put her in jail if you want to. Let her feel the effects of prison."
What about the discord in his relationship with his daughter? "It's like taking candy from a baby. When you take it from a baby, that baby is gonna cry," Papa Lohan explained. "They're gonna say, 'Oh, that's the one person who takes what I want from me!' Lindsay is on drugs. This is not gonna end until I see my daughter off drugs. And if she goes into a rehab that doesn't get her off the drugs this time, there's gonna be hell to pay."
Lohan also answered critics who believe he is only showing up for the media spotlight. "You're entitled to your opinion. This is my daughter, so unless you've been in my shoes, you don't have any right to criticize me. I'd rather be back at my house, working, and calling my daughter on the phone, saying 'Hi honey, how are you doing?'"
Lindsay has been referring to him as her "ex father" and has tweeted repeatedly about her estrangement from him.
Still, dad says, "I love her. I'll always love her. No matter what she says. No matter what she does." And then, addressing Lindsay directly, he said, "Listen to me. I only care about your well being and what's best for you. I never wanted anything from you but the best for you, and that's all I'll ever want in my life."