Actress Felicity Huffman was released Friday morning from a federal prison in California two days before the end of a two-week sentence for her role in the college admissions scandal, authorities said.
Huffman began her 14-day sentence at the Federal Correctional Institution, a low-security prison with approximately 1,200 female inmates, in Dublin, California, east of San Francisco, on Oct. 15.
A federal judge in Boston last month sentenced Huffman, 56, to two weeks in prison, a $30,000 fine, 250 hours of community service and a year’s probation after she pleaded guilty to fraud and conspiracy for paying an admissions consultant $15,000 to have a proctor correct her daughter’s SAT answers.
The Emmy-award winning actress tearfully apologized at her sentencing, saying, “I was frightened. I was stupid, and I was so wrong.”
Huffman was set to be released from prison Sunday, according to prison records, even though that was the 11th day of her sentence. She was released Friday as is normal policy for inmates who are set to be released on weekends, according to a prison official.
Huffman, a one-time Oscar nominee and the wife of actor William H. Macy, was also ordered to pay a fine of $30,000 and perform 250 hours of community service under the sentence handed down by U.S. District Judge Indira Talwani last month. Court documents show she has paid the fine.
A photo of Huffman, whose prison number was 77806-112, emerged earlier this week. In it, she was wearing eyeglasses, black Under Armour shoes, a white hat, a watch and a dark green button-down top that appears to be part of a jumpsuit.