Actress Felicity Huffman has been released from prison.
On Friday, Huffman was released from the Federal Correctional Institution in Dublin, California, on the 11th day of her 14-day prison sentence for her involvement in the college cheating scandal.
Huffman was to serve 13 days in prison, having been given credit for one day due to time spent in custody following her March arrest. Her Friday release was in accordance with prison policy for inmates scheduled for weekend releases, according to TMZ.
In a statement obtained by Us Weekly, the Federal Bureau of Prisons said, “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.'”
Earlier this week, Huffman had been photographed in her green prison jumpsuit as she greeted her husband William H. Macy and daughter Sophia, who came to visit her.
She had reported to the Federal Correctional Institution on October 15, a month after she was sentenced.
In a statement, Huffman's representative said at that time, “Felicity Huffman reported today for sentencing to the Federal Correctional Institution in Dublin, CA. Ms. Huffman is prepared to serve the term of imprisonment Judge Talwani ordered as one part of the punishment she imposed for Ms. Huffman's actions. 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.”
Huffman was arrested in March, and later pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud.
According to court documents obtained by “Extra,” Huffman allegedly gave a “purported charitable contribution of $15,000... to participate in the college entrance exam cheating scheme,” which gave her daughter twice the amount of time to take the SAT, and a secret proctor corrected her answers afterwards. The document added, “Huffman later made arrangements to pursue the scheme a second time, for her younger daughter, before deciding not to do so."
After her sentencing, the actress said in a statement, “I accept the court's decision today without reservation. I have always been prepared to accept whatever punishment Judge Talwani imposed. I broke the law. I have admitted that and I pleaded guilty to this crime. There are no excuses or justifications for my actions. Period.”
Along with serving time and paying a $30,000 fine, Huffman is required to perform 250 hours of community service and serve one year of supervised release.