Lori Loughlin Is Looking to Felicity Huffman for Advice on How to Survive Prison, According to Reports
Lori Loughlin is publicly proclaiming her innocence in the college admissions scandal, but behind the scenes, she is reportedly looking for advice from another parent involved in the case on what to do if she does have to go to prison.
The former When Calls the Heart star has reached out to actress Felicity Huffman, who recently reported to prison to begin serving a two-week sentence after pleading guilty to paying $15,000 to have someone correct the answers on her daughter’s SAT, according to People.
Lori Loughlin feels connected to Felicity Huffman
Loughlin and Huffman are two of the highest-profile names caught up in Operation Varsity Blues. Though both work in Hollywood, they are not friends. But a source told People that Loughlin has reached out to Huffman since she feels that they now share a unique connection.
“She wanted to encourage her, and see how she was doing,” the source told the magazine. “She feels like their fates are tied together now, even though they weren’t really friends before.”
The ‘Full House’ actress wants to know how Huffman’s time in prison goes
Loughlin — who along with her husband Mossimo Gianulli allegedly paid $500,000 to get their two daughters admitted to the University of Southern California — is also hoping to get some information about Huffman’s time in prison.
“She wants to debrief Felicity after jail to find out what it was like and what her advice would be,” the source told People. “She feels like Felicity’s time in jail will be an indicator on her own time, and she’s extremely curious to know how it goes.”
Huffman is serving her 14-day sentence at the Federal Correctional Institution in Dublin, California. She was one of the first defendants in the case to plead guilty. Loughlin and her husband, in contrast, have pleaded not guilty. They face up to 20 years in prison if convicted.
Andrew Lilling, the prosecutor in the case, has said that if Loughlin is convicted, she will likely serve more time than Huffman.
“I don’t think I’d be giving away any state secrets by saying we would probably ask for a higher sentence for her than we did for Felicity Huffman,” he told Boston’s WCVB earlier this month.
What life will be like for Huffman in prison
Huffman is serving her time at a minimum-security federal prison camp about 35 miles east of San Francisco. About 175 other women are incarcerated at the prison camp, while roughly another 1,000 are at the adjacent low-security prison.
According to the the prison camp handbook, Huffman’s day will begin with a 5 a.m. wake-up call. She’ll be required to be back in her cell at 9 p.m. every day. She’ll be responsible for keeping her cell clean, will have to wear a prison uniform, and will receive a job assignment. When inmates like Huffman aren’t working, they can take classes, spend time in the library, take part in exercise or fitness activities, or work on craft projects.