Felicity Huffman released early from 14-day prison sentence

Gregory Wakeman
Contributor
Actor Felicity Huffman, facing charges in a nationwide college admissions cheating scheme, enters federal court in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., April 3, 2019. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Felicity Huffman has been released three days early from her 14-day prison sentence for her participation in the college admissions scandal.

Huffman, who has won an Emmy, Golden Globe and three Screen Actors Guild Awards for her work on Desperate Housewives, was serving her time at the Federal Correctional Institution in Dublin, California, which is based 35 miles east of San Francisco. A low-security prison, it also holds around 1,200 other female inmates.

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Prison records previously revealed that Huffman was supposed to be released on Sunday, but instead she was allowed to leave on Friday. A prison official told NBC News that this is a regular policy for inmates that are due to be released on weekends.

Actor Lori Loughlin, and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, leave the federal courthouse after facing charges in a nationwide college admissions cheating scheme, in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., April 3, 2019. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

After pleading guilty to her role in these federal charges, which saw her pay $15,000 for a proctor to correct her daughter’s SAT questions, Huffman was also ordered to pay a fine of $30,000. Now that she has been released, Huffman will also have to perform 250 hours of community service.

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The release of Huffman, who was previously nominated for an Academy Award for her role in 2005’s Transamerica, has now served her time, now means more attention will turn to Full House actress Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband Mossimo Giannulli, who have have pleaded not guilty to similar charges made against them.

The pair have been accused of paying $500,000 (£390,000) in bribes so their two daughters could gain entry to the University Of Southern California.

The case against Loughlin won’t be heard in court until early 2020, and if she is found guilty of the three charges her prison time is almost certainly going to far exceed Huffman’s 11 days.