Felicity Huffman Sentenced to 2 Weeks in Prison in College Admissions Scandal

The actress was also ordered to pay a $30,000 fine, and must complete 250 hours of community service.

Felicity Huffman

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Felicity Huffman

Felicity Huffman will spend time behind bars for her role in the nationwide college admissions scandal.

According to TMZ, the 56-year-old actress was sentenced in a Boston federal courtroom to 14 days in prison Friday—that's about half the time prosecutors recommended in a court memo filed last week. The sentencing was announced just months after Huffman admitted to paying a proctor $15,000 to inflate her daughter's SAT scores. She pleaded guilty to mail fraud and honest services fraud back in May.

"I am deeply sorry to the students, parents, colleges and universities impacted by my actions," she said during the hearing. "I have inflicted more damage (on her daughter) than I could've ever imagined. I was frightened, I was stupid and I was so wrong. I am deeply ashamed of what I have done."

In addition to the prison time, she was fined $30,000, received a year of supervised release, and has been ordered to complete 250 hours of community service.

"This is a system which does not have a pure meritocracy and a person in position of wealth and position you are is in a much easier position in this meritocracy of college admissions," U.S. District Judge Indira Talwani said in court. "I don't think anyone wants to be going to prison, I do think this is the right sentence here," Talwani added. "You move forward and you can rebuild your life after this. You pay your dues."

TMZ reports Huffman will begin her sentence Oct. 25. 

Though the actress' legal team was pushing for no prison time, many Twitter users believed the sentencing was relatively light. Some said the ruling underscored the flaws of the criminal justice system, pointing to cases in which defendants received harsher punishments for similar or less serious crimes.

You can read some of the reactions below.

Tanya McDowell serving 12 years for sending her child to school in a better district and Felicity Huffman getting 14 days for scamming a university is proof the justice system works for the people it's designed to work for.

— Travon (@Travon) September 13, 2019

Felicity Huffman has been sentenced to 14 days in jail. Last week, the Manhattan DA recommended 30 days jail for stealing a loaf of bread. A few months ago, Manhattan DA recommended one year jail for a man who stole cough syrup and toothpaste from a Duane Reade. #injustice

— Eliza Orlins (@elizaorlins) September 13, 2019

Felicity Huffman was just sentenced to 14 DAYS in jail for paying a $15K bribe so her daughter could get into a better college

Crystal Mason is serving a 5 YEAR sentence for trying to vote

— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) September 13, 2019

When you understand....
systematic white supremacy.....

and how it works in ALL areas of activity....

this Felicity Huffman case is not surprising whatsoever. pic.twitter.com/nRvH9U6iGM

— Tariq Nasheed 🇺🇸 (@tariqnasheed) September 13, 2019

Felicity Huffman gets 14 days in jail for felony bribery and conspiracy to commit fraud.

Henry Blodget gets zero jail time after scamming people and now makes millions through Business Insider.

More than 70 people of color are in prison for life for non-violent weed crimes.

— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) September 13, 2019

So Felicity Huffman got 2 weeks in jail? This isn't even a tap on the wrist.

— Mikki Kendall (@Karnythia) September 13, 2019

Sure, Felicity Huffman is going to jail for 14 days... but her REAL punishment is having to play tennis for those 2 weeks without her professional trainer.

— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) September 13, 2019


14 days......This some bullshit.

Meanwhile black people are getting....(sigh) nevermind. pic.twitter.com/3GFtIkLBXc

— THEE #WearYoFuckinMask🤔✊🏾 (@sephius1999) September 13, 2019

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