What Prison Life Will Be Like for Felicity Huffman, According to Abby Lee Miller

By now, you’ve probably heard the news that Felicity Huffman is headed to prison for her role in a college admissions scandal that garnered national attention. As she prepares to start her 14-day bid, celebrities have been offering words of encouragement and even a little advice.

Among them is Dance Moms star Abby Lee Miller. In a new interview with Us Weekly, Miller detailed what Huffman should expect once she’s behind bars.

Felicity Huffman
Felicity Huffman | Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage

Miller had a lot of advice for Huffman

She opened up to Us Weekly at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards on Sept. 14, warning that the first day is “the most stressful.”

“Then, after that, she is going to be in a big, huge room with bunk beds, tons of them,” the 52-year-old explained. “That’s where they first put you to get acclimated to the prison life.” 

“She’s not going to get a job because she won’t be there long enough,” Miller continued. “She’s not going to learn how to be a plumber and how to do HVAC, and how to do all the things that you have to do to go over to the men’s prisons and do. That’s why they have camps. That’s why women are in prison, so we can go make lunches when they all get in a fight. It’s ridiculous. It is the most absurd nonsense you have ever seen in your life.”

Miller went on to say that she believes that the actress’ career will fully recover from the scandal.

“She’ll come out [and] make a huge movie out of it. She’ll make millions of dollars and I’m the one paying for her health care for the rest of her life privately,” Miller added.

Miller knows firsthand what it’s like to live behind bars

In May of 2017, the reality star received a one-year prison sentence for bankruptcy fraud and for bringing $120,000 worth of Australian currency into the United States without reporting it. She served eight months before being released in March of 2018.

Obviously, prison life isn’t peachy. But Miller said that she enjoyed at least one thing about it.

“I loved the bathroom, it was huge, the shower stalls were like six-feet by six-feet, and you had your own and you could brush your teeth for 45 minutes,” she told Us Weekly.

When will Huffman begin her sentence?

According to CNN, the actress will report to prison on Oct. 25. She reportedly wants to serve her time at a “low security” facility in Dublin, California. But the Bureau of Prisons (BOP ) has yet to make a decision.

She was sentenced for her role in the massive scandal on Sept. 13. The sentence came after Huffman, who allegedly paid $15,000 to boost her daughter’s SAT scores, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud.

In addition to the 14 days of incarceration, Huffman will have to pay a $30,000 fine, serve one year of probation, and complete 250 hours of community service.

On Sept. 13, a source told People that Huffman is ready to serve her time and then begin to move forward.

“The sentence Felicity received today is not about a victory or a defeat,” the source said. “She is not disappointed or relieved about the outcome. She is contrite and humbled and accepts the outcome.”