Felicity Huffman to Serve 14 Days in Prison


Felicity Huffman leaves Boston courtroom alongside her husband (left).

By Alexa Soroka, Editor

Felicity Huffman, award-winning American actress involved in the recent college admission scandal, will face 14 days in prison.

Her sentencing in Boston this past Friday comes after she paid $15,000 to “mastermind” William Singer, who manipulated her daughter’s SAT scores to increase her chances of being admitted into the nation’s most prestigious institutions.

Huffman, alongside her husband, William H. Macy, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud.

In addition to two weeks behind bars, the mother of two will also face one year of probation, be required to perform 250 hours of community service, and pay a $30,000 fee for her actions.

“It’s not fair,” says Senior Jamie Tulpan. “I have to do so much work, but she can just pay her way in?”

When speaking to the judge, Indira Talwani, Huffman was quick to admit to her wrongdoings. She told Talwani, “I am deeply ashamed of what I have done. At the end of the day, I had a choice to make. I could have said ‘no.’ ”

Following her courtroom appearance, social media users were quick to express their outrage over Huffman’s sentencing, believing that her punishment was weak and that she deserved more jail time for committing such a crime.

Many have made claims that it is because of her celebrity status and white privilege that she is receiving minimal sentencing.

Ana Navarro-Cárdenas, a political commentator, expressed her anger via Twitter, writing, “A [black] man spent 36 years in prison for stealing $50 from a bakery. Felicity Huffman got 14 days.”

Senior Melis Yazar shares, “it’s crazy how [Huffman] can get off so easily just because she’s well known. If she wasn’t, it would be a different story.”

“It’s definitely because she’s famous,” says Senior Chris Ayala-Bellido. “If it was anyone else, I’m sure they’d get more than 14 days.”

Huffman will report to prison on October 25th. However, where she will serve her sentence has not yet been determined.