It's been a few months since the college admissions scandal broke, and things are really starting to move on the justice side. Several parents, coaches, and college admissions administrators have pleaded guilty to their involvement in the scam. When news first broke, many of us focused on the involvement on two of the more high profile people to get caught: actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman. Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli are taking their chances with a jury on the charges they face for paying bribes to get their daughter into college.
However, Felicity Huffman took responsibility for her role in the scheme, and pleaded guilty for paying $15,000 to fix test scores for her daughter. Huffman was sentenced on Friday, to just 14 days in in prison. Her light sentence has outraged plenty of people, who believe that (once again) being rich and white played heavily in her favor.
Felicity Huffman was sentenced to 14 days in prison, as well as a $30,000 fine (double the amount she paid to fudge her daughter's test scores), and 250 hours of community service. U.S. District Court Judge Indira Talwani said during sentencing that she felt the sentence was just, and that it would allow Huffman to move forward with her life and put this ordeal behind her.
Huffman has requested that she be allowed to serve out her sentence at a women's prison in Southern California, which is where she lives with her family. She has to report to Federal Bureau of Prisons on October 25 to begin serving her 2-week sentence.
Actress Felicity Huffman got 14 days in prison for paying $15,000 to boost her child’s SAT scores in a college admissions scam. Remember when a Black homeless woman named Tanya McDowell got 5 YEARS for using the wrong address to put her son in kindergarten? Why the difference?SMH pic.twitter.com/HpiC9fYySv— Judge Greg Mathis (@JudgeGregMathis) 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
The problem is, the news is filled with stories and cases of justice working AGAINST people, and not in their favor, as is the case with Felicity Huffman. And people who have been following the college admissions scandal were quick to point that out. Felicity Huffman, and all the parents, coaches, and college administrators involved in the scheme, broke the law. They participated, WILLINGLY, in a pay for play scam to give their ALREADY privileged kids a leg up.
They didn't kill anyone, sure. But they did hurt people, and there's really no telling how many kids' college dreams were dashed when one of these people paid for the spot at their dream school that they were far more qualified to fill. It's a damn travesty.