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Singer John Legend Speaks out about Felicity Huffman's 14-Day Sentence in College Bribery Case

Afouda Fortune
Sep 16, 2019
12:43 P.M.
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John Legend has aired his opinion about actress Felicity Huffman's 14-day sentence in the admission scandal case.

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Following the news that actress Felicity Huffman was sentenced to 14 days in prison for her involvement in the admission scandal that rocked the U.S, John Legend has spoken up.

Felicity Huffman at the 12th Annual Women in Film Oscar Nominees Party. | Source: Getty Images

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As reported by PEOPLE, the singer addressed people's perception of Huffman's short sentence and talked about the justice system in a lengthy thread on Twitter.

"Prisons and jails are not the answer to every bad thing everyone does"

He started by explaining that he understood why people were furious that the actress got a short sentence.

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However, Legend revealed that he believes neither a rich person or poor person should get a sentence of any kind. He wrote:

"I get why everyone gets mad when rich person X gets a short sentence, and poor person of color Y gets a long one. The answer isn't for X to get more; it's for both of them to get less (or even none!!!) We should level down not up."

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He continued, stating that Americans have become insensitive to locking people up for their crimes, but noted that prisons and jails were not the answer.

"Prisons and jails are not the answer to every bad thing everyone does, but we've come to use them to address nearly every societal ill, he added."

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The "All of Me" crooner cited the case of Tanya McDowell, who was sentenced to five years for sending her child to the wrong school district, and urged that everyone involved in the case be ashamed, as reported by Connecticut Post.

He also referenced the case of Crystal Mason, who was sentenced to five years for voting in the 2016 election even though she was unaware of her ineligibility to vote.

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"It's unconscionable that we locked a woman up for voting when, unbeknownst to her, she was ineligible, Legend tweeted."

The father-of-two ended his rant by encouraging people to look at the bigger picture.

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He wrote:

"And no one in our nation will benefit from the 14 days an actress will serve for cheating in college admissions. We don't need to lock people up for any of this stuff."

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According to Fox News, Huffman was sentenced to 14 days in prison and fined $30,000 for her role in the admission scandals.

She will reportedly serve her sentence at the Federal Correctional Institution in Dublin, California, which is 30 miles from Oakland, and the closest to her home.

Felicity Huffman and husband William Macy exit John Moakley U.S. Courthouse. | Source: Getty Images

The 56-year-old will also perform 250 hours of community service and must self-report to a facility chosen by the federal Bureau of Prisons.

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