Jailing Her Softly: Lauryn Hill Checks Into Low-Security Prison

Former Fugee housed in general population to settle tax evasion score

Lauryn Hill Prison Tax Evasion Admitted Three Months
Lauryn Hill goes to court Photo by Getty Images
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Lauryn Hill has checked into federal prison to begin a three-month sentence for three years of tax evasion. As previously reported, the former Fugee settled her $900,000 bill with the Internal Revenue Service in early May, but still owes hard time. According to TMZ, she was logged at the low-security Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, Connecticut at 11:15 a.m. EST today. She will be housed in a "barracks-type" arrangement amongst the general population.

Although Hill pled guilty to the three charges of tax evasion — one for each year, 2005 through 2007 — she subsequently issued a Tumblr statement in which she lucidly rooted her IRS woes in historical, systemic racism. She recently re-upped her Sony contract, which reportedly landed her the $1 million advance that made it possible for her to get right with the government. The only aural result of that thus far has been the rushed-out "Neurotic Society" track.

After her three-month prison stint, Hill faces another three of home confinement.

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