Life will change for actress Lori Loughlin when she surrenders herself to the Bureau of Prisons on November 19, after she pleaded guilty for her role in the college admissions scandal. Her lawyers have already recommended that she serve her two-month sentence at a federal prison near Victorville, California; the presiding judge in Loughlin’s case has already said it was “a good location” for the Bureau of Prisons to consider (via Deadline). Pink Lady Prison Consultants describes the facility as “a minimum-security women’s federal prison” located in Adelanto, Calfornia, and is said to house “278 female federal minimum-security inmates sentenced and charged with Federal Crimes in U.S. District Courts.”
Holli Coulman, who served 15 months at Victorville, tells The Mercury News that there is will be a “profound culture shock” when Loughlin enters prison. When a person enters a receiving room, she will hand over her clothing and underwear to a guard, and then be searched for contraband. Her only personal space will be a shared bunk in a dormitory. She has to be up by 6:30 a.m. to make her bed and get it ready for inspection, and lights out is at 10 p.m. She’ll also have to sleep through the noises made by other inmates. Her time will be strictly regulated, so she can’t decide when to do things like watch TV, eat, shower, or call her daughters. As Martha Stewart, who herself went to prison in 2004 put it, “It was horrifying… Nothing is good about it, nothing.”
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But even while lawyers were fighting in court to get prosecutors to drop the case (via the Associated Press), People reported back in January that the actress had hired someone to handle what life in prison would be like if she ended up serving time. “The whole point is to have someone tell her how to keep herself safe,” a source close to the actress. “She needs to keep a low profile if she’s incarcerated. Obviously, she’s going to stand out, because of all the publicity and because she’s a star. She can’t do anything about that. But she doesn’t want to stand out because she’s so green that she does the wrong things… She wants to understand what the experience will be like, and how to not only survive it, but flourish in it.”
The source added, “Table manners are different; social interactions are different. Here on the outside, eye contact is a good thing. You meet someone and you shake their hands and stare them in the eyes. In prison, you might not do that. You don’t want to challenge someone. Prison is a very different world than Hollywood,”
If anything, Deadline says Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli may be spared from going into prison, thanks to COVID-19. But with November still a few months away, we’ll have to wait and see.
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