Things Just Got Really Real: Lauryn Hill Reports To Federal Prison To Begin Her 3-Month Sentence For Tax Evasion
As reported by TMZ, Lauryn Hill, 38, has checked herself into to a federal prison in Connecticut to begin her three month sentence for tax evasion today. The rapper, singer and mother of six went in this morning to the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, which is reportedly a minimum security prison. While most celebrities are often placed in isolation in order to not be possibly targeted by other prisoners, Hill will be housed in a “barracks” type of housing with the general population.
In the months leading up to this sentence, Hill has performed in concert and been very vocal in open letters on her blog about racism (and the idea of reverse racism not being possible), her beef with the IRS, slavery, and her case as a whole. I guess you could say, she is going down swinging, exposing society (or “Neurotic Society”) for its bull. As for those six children she has, Rohan Marley has said that he’ll step up and be there for them while Hill does her time (just as a reminder, the sixth child, a son, is not his). Once she completes three months in prison (unless she’s released early for good behavior, or any of the other reasons celebrities are pulled out of jail quickly), she’s also set to do three months of house arrest after the fact, and a year of probation.
Not too sure what else can be said about this sad situation. If someone would have told me circa 1999 that Lauryn Hill would someday be in federal prison for anything, I would have told them they were full of it. But alas, such is the case, and for failure to pay taxes of all things. And to be put with the general population!? I’m praying for Hill and her children at this time. As always, hopefully other celebrities will take the proper steps to pay their taxes so that an outcome like this doesn’t have to reoccur over and over again because clearly the IRS is not playing around when it comes to famous folks of color and paying what they owe.