How Long Will Felicity Huffman Be in Jail Following College Admissions Scandal?

Felicity Huffman was one of the several affluent parents involved in the college admissions scandal heard ‘round the world. Huffman pleaded guilty to paying $15,000 for her daughter’s SAT scores to be falsified post-exam.

Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy
Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy | Rich Fury/Getty Images for THR

Felicity Huffman had to pay a fine of $30,000, which equates to about $10 to the rest of us laymen. She must also perform 250 hours of community service (in addition to her prison sentence), and she will serve a year on probation, according to NPR

While the fine and the community service are two consequences of her illegal actions, the worst — given Huffman’s financial circumstances and presumed degree of free time following her actions — is the prison sentence. So, how much time will Felicity Huffman spend in jail?

Felicity Huffman will serve a 14-day prison sentence

Felicity Huffman, on October 15, 2019, entered the low-security Federal Correctional Institute in Dublin, California, which is over 30 miles East of San Francisco. Huffman was supposed to report to jail on October 25, yet she showed up early. She was likely trying to avoid some unwanted press and paparazzi. 

Huffman will serve a 14-day sentence in the correctional facility, which, given the extent of her crime, isn’t too bad. If Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli are found guilty, they will reportedly face a much harsher prison sentence, as their crime was a bit steeper. 

Loughlin and Giannulli have been accused of paying $500,000 to Rick Singer’s sham non-profit to have their two daughters classified as crew recruits at the University of Southern California. Not to mention, pleading innocent and putting the court through an entire trial, may not work in their favor. The court isn’t always friendly to people who try to use money to put themselves above the law. 

As for Felicity Huffman, she may be able to remove this smudge from her resume in time, as her prison sentence is quite short. Pleading guilty and apologizing for her actions is working in her favor (so far). The question: what about her husband William H. Macy? 

What’s going on with William H. Macy following the college admissions scandal? 

While his wife heads to prison, William H. Macy has managed to stay out of the negative spotlight, and he isn’t facing any charges. Macy is mentioned in the court documents as Huffman’s spouse, but not by name, and he isn’t being charged, according to Town and Country. 

Why William H. Macy has yet to be charged remains unknown; however, one theory posits that prosecutors may be unsure whether they have enough evidence to charge him. On the otherhand, he may be charged in the future. However, considering Shameless will feature Macy in his title role next season, he seems to have escaped the consequence his wife is currently suffering. 

As they say, the show must go on, and Macy’s career has managed to emerge from this scandal mostly unscathed … the same cannot be said for Huffman.