Welcome to “Club Fed,” Felicity Huffman!
The Emmy winning actress officially checked into prison on Tuesday Oct. 15 to begin her 14-day sentence for her role in the college admissions scandal. But don’t feel too bad for Inmate 77806-112 — as RadarOnline.com can reveal her comfy prison home is more sunshine than Shawshank.
“Those who are worried about Felicity should be rest assured that doing time at ‘Chateau Dublin’ (as the Federal Correctional Institution in Dublin, Calif is nicknamed) is as easy as the breeze that wafts through the open windows,” an insider told Radar.
Located in the pricey San Francisco suburb of Dublin, and surrounded by million-dollar homes, the all-women’s low-security prison not only has one of California’s most expensive zip codes but also “cool ocean breezes, floor to ceiling windows without bars, private rooms with televisions and computers and acres of gardens,” according to the source.
Huffman, 56, will spend the next 14 days behind bars, after pleading guilty to a fraud conspiracy charge in a Boston courtroom on May 13. She was also slapped with a $30,000 fine and community service.
“Felicity Huffman reported today for sentencing to the Federal Correctional Institution in Dublin, CA. Ms. Huffman is prepared to serve the term of imprisonment Judge Talwani ordered as one part of the punishment she imposed for Ms. Huffman’s actions,” her representative said in a statement.
“She will begin serving the remainder of the sentence Judge Talwani imposed – one year of supervised release, with conditions including 250 hours of community service – when she is released.”
Huffman’s attorney requested FCI Dublin specifically as her detention center of choice, claiming that it was “closest” to Huffman’s home. The lures of amenities like a continental breakfast and two full meals a day helped make it an easy decision.
But behind closed doors, the posh prison is protecting some dark secrets. Check out more about Huffman’s new home in this Radar gallery.
The all-women’s low-security prison not only has one of California’s most expensive zip codes but also “cool ocean breezes, floor to ceiling windows without bars, private rooms with televisions and computers and acres of gardens.”
“There’s a grand gated entrance with understated security and hidden cameras replace barbed wired fences,” a source confided.
Privacy And Technology
“Past the gates you’ll find high-tech private bungalows for the inmates with the most advanced technology such as solar panels and motorized shutters," the source told Radar about the prison where Huffman served her sentence.
“Prisoners are free to roam the grounds and saunter into the lobby which includes a library stocked with classics and a grand piano,” the source said.
Come And Go
“Inmates would be free to work off site at one of the many area cultural centers such as the Dublin Heritage Park and Museums, a 10-acre park with historic buildings, and lawns," the source said. "Some have even enrolled in local area college classes.”
The Dark Side
But it’s not all sunshine and roses at the federal facility. As Radar reported back in September, the prison was recently sued over the alleged sexual abuse of an inmate. In court papers obtained from North District Court of California, the inmate, who Radar has chosen to protect the privacy of, sued FCI Dublin, prison officer William Martinez and warden Wiley Jenkins on March 20, 2019. “Officer Martinez abused his power of authority using excessive force to have sex with me,” the alleged victim claimed.
Among the prison’s most prominent inmates are Patty Hearst and Heidi Fleiss.
Dubbed the “Hollywood Madam” who ran a high-class prostitution ring that catered to wealthy clients like Charlie Sheen, Fleiss served her time in Dublin federal prison from 1997 to 2000. She had words of encouragement for Huffman.
“Two weeks is nothing, she will be just fine,” Fleiss, 53, said of Huffman’s prison stint. “I’m sure she’s prepared for films that were much harder. This will make her a little bit more interesting now that she’s a convicted felon, in my book.”