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Felicity Huffman is heading to FCI Dublin prison. Here’s why it’s nicknamed ‘Club Fed’

Felicity Huffman won’t see a red carpet when she arrives in prison next month.

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Felicity Huffman leaves federal court after her sentencing in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal, Friday, Sept. 13, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)


Felicity Huffman received her sentence Friday for her role in the college admissions scandal — 14 days in federal prison.

Huffman pleaded guilty to fraud charges in May. On Friday, judge Indira Talwani sentenced her to two weeks in federal prison, a $30,000 fine, one year of supervised released and 250 hours of community service.

She will turn herself into Federal Correction Institution, Dublin (FCI Dublin), in Dublin, California, on Oct. 25.

Michael Frantz, director of Jail Time Consulting, told the Boston Herald that Huffman shouldn’t expect the red carpet when she turns herself in. She should avoid favors from or for inmates and be wary of guards.

“She needs to be aware everybody knows she’s coming,” Frantz told the Boston Herald. “She has money and fame and some people will be upset.”

Frantz said she should spend time “below the radar” and ride out her two-week sentence without any controversy.

“Don’t go into the shower barefoot, but give back any sandals a fellow inmate loans you,” Frantz told the Boston Herald. “You don’t want to owe anyone a favor.

“Don’t talk about yourself. No drama. No screaming. And watch out for guards, too,” Frantz told the Boston Herald. “She has to watch out. Bad things can happen.”

But Huffman will be joining one of several celebrities who have been sent to FCI Dublin — which has the nickname “Club Fed.” Other notable names who served time there include Heidi Fleiss, Autumn Jackson and Russian spy Svetlana Ogorodnikov.

Social worker Patricia Clark and her daughter were sentenced to FCI Dublin back in 1998. And they were told it wouldn’t be a horrible experience.

“I was in Washoe County Jail, scared and shaking and crying, waiting to be transferred,” Clark told the San Francisco Chronicle. “The jail nurse patted my back and told me everything would be OK. She said she heard we were going to a country club.”

In fact, the Chronicle outlined a list of activities that were common at the prison at the time, including:

Horticulture, forklift training, computer programing, art therapy and parenting classes are part of a long list of programs available.

Plus there are clubs and courses, such as knitting and meditation, aimed at relieving stress for the estimated 950 inmates.

With its sweet-smelling gardens and tennis courts, the penitentiary may not seem much like a prison.

In 2015, Larry Levine, director and founder of Wall Street Prison Consultants, told The Washington Post it’s not a gritty experience.

“It’s kind of like a junior college setting,” he told The Washington Post. “I don’t want to call it a stress-free environment, but it’s a lot of hanging out with the other inmates.”

A daily schedule, according to Levine, includes inmates waking up at 6 a.m., breakfast at 7:15 a.m., work duty, lunch, work, head count at 4 p.m., mail call, dinner, free time, head count, lights out by 11 p.m.

“It’s like a boring Groundhog Day,” Levine said.