Felicity Huffman has been sentenced to 14 days in prison after pleading guilty to cheating in order to get her daughter into college. The Desperate Housewives actress paid $15,000 to a proctor to correct college admissions test answers, prosecutors.
In addition to spending a couple of weeks in jail, Huffman was also reportedly ordered to pay a $30,000 fine, serve one year of supervised release, and perform 250 hours of community service.
Before being sentenced, Huffman tearfully said she was “deeply sorry” to those who were affected by her actions, especially her family who she “betrayed.”
"I was frightened, I was stupid, and I was so wrong. I am deeply ashamed of what I've done," she said in front of the court.
As many have pointed out, Huffman’s actions aren’t just isolated to cheating to get her child into college. Her crimes — and similar crimes committed by other privileged and wealthy adults on behalf of their grown children — also come at the expense of many unknown and deserving students who were denied admission to schools despite their merit. It also makes obvious the extreme imbalance in the criminal justice system, which incarcerates Black people for far lesser infractions (like putting down an incorrect zip code to get their children into better public schools) and let her go with minor consequences.
Social media wasn’t having any of Huffman’s sorrow, given the blatant inequities in the system. See the outrage, below:
Felicity Huffman only got 14 days in prison. Yet, black mothers get harsher sentences for putting their kids in the wrong schools or voting. #WhitePrivilege— Marvin White (@_rocketman25) 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 (@eorlins) September 13, 2019
Institutionalized racism working as designed.— Uché Blackstock, MD (@dr_uche_bee) September 13, 2019
Felicity Huffman sentenced to 2 weeks in jail for paying $15,000 to rig her daughter’s SAT.
Tanya McDowell, a Black woman who was homeless, sentenced to 12 years for sending her child to school in Norwalk, but ‘lived’ in Bridgeport.
I’m not shocked that Felicity Huffman basically got a drive through jail sentence for a felony. It would’ve been more shocking if she actually got real time #WhitePrivilege— Rafranz (@RafranzDavis) September 13, 2019
When Tanya McDowell gets 12 years in jail for sending her kid to school in a different district, but Felicity Huffman gets 2 weeks for pulling off a major fraud, it's crystal clear proof that the criminal justice system is OWNED by #WhitePrivilege. https://t.co/H4lP3JeVwf— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) September 13, 2019
Because real prison time is for folks of color y'all, even for minor shit. This is #WhitePrivilege at its finest...Actress Felicity Huffman Sentenced To 14 Days In College Admissions Scandal https://t.co/p39MhHQxrq— Tim Wise (@timjacobwise) September 13, 2019
Felicity Huffman: 14 DAYS for her role in a federal conspiracy and financial fraud higher ed scandal.— Kristen Clarke (@KristenClarkeJD) September 13, 2019
Kaleif Browder: 3 YEARS at Reikers after being accused of stealing a backpack. He spent much of that time in solitary. He committed suicide after release.#FelicityHuffman pic.twitter.com/VjPcumtY73
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