Two weeks behind bars may not seem like much, but it was enough to inspire Felicity Huffman to help female inmates — or at least hope to. According to a new report, the actress’s 11-day stint at the Federal Correctional Institution in Dublin, California, has made her want to reach out to women recently released from prison. And since part of the terms of Huffman’s release includes 250 hours of community service, she’d like to find a way to integrate her desire into that service.
A source told ET that Huffman’s time at FCI Dublin, although brief, really opened her eyes. “Felicity felt like the women in that facility were being discarded and left behind; they were forgotten. She loved the women there and bonded with them. When she left, she felt guilty leaving them behind,” the source said, adding of Huffman’s desire to help. “She would like for her next community service work to be helping women who were recently incarcerated and need help re-entering society. This work will be a long-term commitment for her well beyond her community service hours.”
To Huffman’s credit, she does seem to be honoring her promise after sentencing to truly dedicate herself to her community service. Explained ET’s source, “Currently, she’s working as a tutor at The Teen Project, that rescues girls who are trafficked on the streets. She’s been doing that for two years well before this case happened.”
In a statement after her sentencing, Huffman pledged to make a positive impact in her community once released from prison. She was found guilty after federal prosecutors uncovered she’d paid $15,000 to have a proctor change her daughter’s SAT scores. “I can promise you that in the months and years to come that I will try and live a more honest life, serve as a better role model for my daughters and family and continue to contribute my time and energies wherever I am needed,” she said. “My hope now is that my family, my friends and my community will forgive me my actions.”
It remains to be seen if Lori Loughlin, the other high-profile Hollywood mom indicted in the college admissions scandal, will receive a similar community service sentence — and, if so, what she’ll do with it. Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, are accused of paying $500,000 to Rick Singer to have fake credentials created to get their daughters, Olivia Jade and Isabella Giannulli, into the University of Southern California.
On Tuesday, Loughlin and Giannulli pleaded not guilty to new charges brought against them by federal prosecutors in connection to the college admissions scandal.
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