How is Lori Loughlin doing in jail? The latest Aunt Becky update
From television sets to prison cells: Lori Loughlin was officially checked into a federal prison in Northern California on Friday. The mother of two was sentenced to three months ago for her involvement in the college admissions scandal. She will begin her two-month prison stint in the Federal Correctional Institution in Dublin, California, located forty miles east of San Francisco (where Full House took place).
The actress had until November 19 to turn herself in, but decided to start serving her time early. This is a similar tactic taken by fellow defendant Felicity Hoffman, who decided in October 2019 to start her two-week sentence early. Ironically, Loughlin will serve time in the same facility Hoffman did her time in.
56-year-old Loughlin and her husband, 57-year-old Mossimo Giannulli, eventually admitted in May to paying $500,000 in bribes to get their daughters, Olivia Jade Giannulli, 20, and Isabella Rose Giannulli, 21, on the University of Southern California crew team. Both girls had never been on a rowing team, but went as far as posing on rowing machines for admission photos.
Both girls have since left the school. Olivia Jade, once a prominent YouTube celebrity & influencer, discussed in her videos how she felt pushed into college by her parents.
Lori Loughlin tried to avoid prison time, originally pleading not guilty to bribery charges. As time passed and more parents & educators in the college admissions scandal pled guilty, prison time looked more certain. After other defendants in the case came forward as witnesses against them, Loughlin & Giannulli finally came clean.
As she enters her time in lockup, Loughlin faces many of the same issues, routines, and challenges any new inmate would. Let’s take a look at how her life might look “on the inside”.
Loughlin will have to follow all the same rules as other inmates as she steps into her new role as inmate 77827-112: waking up at 5:00 am, donning the standard uniform (brown shirt & khaki pants), and undergoing five roll calls a day. Upon release, Loughlin will have to pay a $150,000 fine and complete 100 hours of community service.
Due to coronavirus, Loughlin will not be able to receive visitors while at Dublin FCI. During her intake she will have received a COVID-19 test and be put into quarantine for an undetermined amount of time. She’s expected to serve her entire sentence, as no sentence reduction is granted for good behavior for stints under a year.
Life after lockup
By starting her time early, Lori Loughlin should be released before 2020 is over. Her husband, however, won’t have that luxury. Giannulli is also expected to surrender to authorities by November 19th to serve his five-month sentence, making his release date sometime in late April 2021. He’ll have to pay a fine of $250,000 and complete 250 hours of community service at that time.
Loughlin did express remorse over her actions. “I thought I was acting out of love for my children, but in reality, it only undermined and diminished my daughters’ abilities and accomplishments,” she cried to the court in a prepared statement at her August hearing.
“Here you are, an admired, successful, professional actor with a long lasting marriage, two apparently healthy, resilient children, more money than you could possibly need, a beautiful home in sunny Southern California – a fairy tale life”, Judge Nathaniel Gorton told Loughlin in response.
In true Hollywood fashion, Judge Gorton ended his speech with words for Loughlin straight out of a movie: “You stand me before a convicted felon. And for what? For the inexplicable desire to grasp even more.”