Her time is up. Felicity Huffman was released from prison on October 25 after checking in on October 15. She was released early as that is the policy for inmates set to be released on weekends, Closer Weekly confirms.
Felicity, 56, was sentenced to 14 days in prison on September 13 for her involvement in the nationwide college admissions scandal. The actress entered Federal Correctional Institution in Dublin, California, to serve her time. She was “prepared to serve the term of imprisonment Judge Talwani ordered as one part of the punishment she imposed for Ms. Huffman’s actions,” according to a statement shared with Closer by her representative.
The rep noted, “She will begin serving the remainder of the sentence Judge Talwani imposed — one year of supervised release, with conditions including 250 hours of community service — when she is released.”
That release ended up coming a few days early on a technicality.
“Felicity Huffman has been released from the custody of the Bureau of Prisons today, October 25, 2019, per BOP Program Statement 5140.36 ‘Release of Inmates Prior to a Weekend or Legal Holiday.'”
The Desperate Housewives alum entered a guilty plea for her role in the scandal in May. Court documents revealed she used “a purported charitable contribution of $15,000 … to participate in the college entrance exam cheating scheme on behalf of her eldest daughter.”
She released a statement in April about the situation that read, “I am pleading guilty to the charge brought against me by the United States Attorney’s Office. I am in full acceptance of my guilt, and with deep regret and shame over what I have done, I accept full responsibility for my actions and will accept the consequences that stem from those actions.”
The statement continued, “I am ashamed of the pain I have caused my daughter, my family, my friends, my colleagues and the educational community. I want to apologize to them and, especially. I want to apologize to the students who work hard every day to get into college, and to their parents who make tremendous sacrifices to support their children and do so honestly.” The actress was also given a year of probation and has to complete 250 hours of community service and pay a $30,000 fine.
Before she started her sentence, a former inmate compared the prison Huffman ended up completing it in to “college dorm living.” Amy Povah, who served nine years at the facility before she founded the Can-Do Foundation, revealed to In Touch, “Just imagine four people crammed into a teeny-weeny broom closet that barely fits four beds … She’ll probably have to work in the kitchen because that’s where everybody is assigned at first. They get you up at the crack of dawn, and you clean pots and pans. Everybody has a job to do. Nobody gets to escape it, not even Felicity!”
Now that she’s out, we’ll have to wait and see what Huffman reveals about her stay.