Lori Loughlin Begins Prison Sentence for Role in College Admissions Scam. Here’s Where She’ll Serve Her Time.

Lori Loughlin is behind bars. The Fuller House actor reported to prison on Friday, Oct. 30 to begin serving her two-month prison sentence for her role in the college admissions scandal. Loughlin pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges in May 2020. Her husband Mossimo Giannulli also pleaded guilty in the case and will serve five months. He must report to prison by Nov. 19.

Prosecutors accused Loughlin and Giannulli of paying $500,000 in bribes to ensure their two daughters were admitted to the University of Southern California as crew recruits. They were among dozens of parents (including actor Felicity Huffman) who were charged after hiring college admissions advisor Rick Singer to help get their children into elite colleges and universities using unscrupulous means. 

Lori Loughlin will serve her time at the Federal Correctional Institution in Dublin, Calif. 

Lori Loughlin
Lori Loughlin | John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Loughlin will complete her sentence at the Federal Correctional Institution in Dublin, Calif. The low-security prison with an adjacent minimum security satellite camp is also where Huffman was imprisoned in 2019. Huffman pleaded guilty to mail fraud in the case and served 11 days at FCI Dublin. 

The one-time Hallmark Channel star Loughlin will be among nearly 900 inmates at the facility, which houses 763 female inmates in the prison and 111 at the camp. But she won’t meet her fellow inmates right away. Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, she’ll be tested and then quarantined for 14 days after arrival to ensure she doesn’t spread the virus to anyone else, according to Bureau of Prisons guidelines.     

The pandemic also means Loughlin may not be able to see her family while she serves her time. Currently, all visiting at FCI Dublin is suspended until further notice. 

Lori Loughlin hoped to complete her sentence closer to home  

Lori Loughlin
Lori Loughlin | Nathan Congleton/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images

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Loughlin had originally hoped to serve her sentence at a facility closer to her home in the Los Angeles area. She requested to be sent to FCI Victorville, a prison about 90 miles outside of LA. Instead, she was ordered to report to FCI Dublin, which is about 40 miles outside of San Franciso. 

Though she is not serving her time at the facility of her choice, the actor decided to report early to prison. That’s because she hopes to finish her sentence before Christmas, a source told Us Weekly

Life at FCI Dublin

prison cell at FCI Dublin
A cell at the Federal Correctional Institution, Dublin | (Bea Ahbeck/Bay Area News Group archive

The When Calls the Heart star’s experience in prison will be quite a bit different from the posh life in Bel Air she enjoyed until recently. She’ll have to wear a prison uniform, wake up at 5 a.m., report to a work assignment, and keep her living area clean and tidy or face disciplinary action, according to the prison handbook. 

While Loughlin will have to follow strict rules behind bars, the facility does offer prisoners certain amenities. Inmates can visit the library, participate in educational and wellness programs, and take part in craft and hobby projects. The prison sometimes hosts bingo games and ping pong tournaments, and inmates are allowed to listen to music on radios or MP3 players. She will also be allowed to purchase items at the commissary, including snacks such as ice cream, potato chips, protein bars, and hummus; lipstick, eyeliner, and mascara; and various health and hygiene products. 

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