Felicity Huffman Sentenced to Two Weeks for College Bribery Scam. When Will She Go to Prison?

Felicity Huffman will spend two weeks in prison for paying $15,000 to have a proctor correct the answers on her oldest daughter’s SAT. She must also serve 12 months of supervised release, pay a $30,000 fine, and complete 250 hours of community service, U.S. District Judge Indira Talwani said during a sentencing hearing in Boston on September 13. The Desperate Housewives actress, who pleaded guilty to fraud in May, is the first parent to be sentenced in the nationwide college admissions bribery scandal.

“I accept the court’s decision today without reservation. I have always been prepared to accept whatever punishment Judge Talwani imposed,” Huffman said in a statement issued after she was sentenced. “I broke the law. … There are no excuses or justifications for my actions. Period.” 

Felicity Huffman will report to prison on October 25

Felicity Huffman and her husband William H. Macy
Felicity Huffman and her husband William H. Macy outside court in Boston on September 13, 2019 | Joseph Prezioso/AFP/Getty Images

Huffman won’t have to wait long for her 14-day prison sentence to begin. The 56-year-old has been ordered to report to prison on October 25.

“I think you take your sentence and you move forward,” the judge told Huffman during sentencing, according to CNN. “You can rebuild your life after this. You’ve paid your dues.”

The short sentence is half of what prosecutors were seeking. They wanted Huffman to spend a month behind bars, saying that she acted “out of a sense of entitlement, or at least moral cluelessness,” NPR reported. They argued that punishments like home confinement or fines wouldn’t hurt much given Huffman’s wealth and lifestyle. 

Where will she serve her time? 

FCI Dublin
Federal Correctional Institution, Dublin | Anda Chu/MediaNews Group/The Mercury News via Getty Images

Huffman will head to prison in six weeks, but it’s not yet clear where she’ll do her time. Her lawyer has requested that she serve her sentence in a facility near her home in California.

According to a report from Page Six, Huffman wants to be incarcerated at the Federal Correctional Institute in Dublin, California, which is about 350 miles from her home. Or she could end up at Victorville Federal Prison in Victorville, California, which has a minimum-security prison camp for female inmates, according to Inside Edition. That’s the same facility where Dance Mom’s Abby Lee Miller did eight months for bankruptcy fraud. 

In June, Miller had some tips for Huffman and When Calls the Heart star Lori Loughlin, who has been charged with fraud and money laundering for paying $500,000 to get her two daughters into the University of Southern California. Loughlin’s husband fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli was also charged.

The reality TV star explained to the hosts of E! News’ Daily Pop that she’d tell the women “To be honest and to share your story. That’s what people want to hear.”

“They’re real actresses who are, you know, sought after by the public,” Miller added, mentioning each woman’s roles on Fuller House and Desperate Housewives. “I mean, these are shows that people are going to fan-girl over. So, I think they’re going to be really interested in talking to them and becoming their friend and being their sidekick and all that.”

Loughlin, who has pleaded not guilty, will be in court October 2 for a status conference in her case.