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John Legend Makes A Case For Lowering Felicity Huffman’s Sentencing – Breaking News


 Without mentioning any names, John Legend weighed in on the controversy over Felicity Huffman’s 14-day sentencing for her part in the controversial college admissions bribery scam  In a series of tweets Saturday, Legend suggested that Americans have become “desensitized” to the U S. prison system, which is where their outrage over Huffman’s sentencing stems from  The 10-time Grammy Award winner offered a solution that doesn’t pit the rich against the poor: Stop sending people to jail  “I get why everyone gets mad when rich person X gets a short sentence and poor person of color Y gets a long one,” he said Saturday “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 ”  Many were outraged over what they saw as a light sentence for Huffman, which pales in contrast to other people of color who are poor and received harsher punishments for lesser crimes  Huffman, 56, is the first parent to be sentenced in a nationwide college admissions scam involving wealthy parents paying large sums to help get their sons or daughters into prestigious schools  The “Desperate Housewives” actor pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit fraud for paying $15,000 to raise her daughter’s SAT score A federal judge sentenced Huffman to 14 days in prison, with a supervised release for one year and 250 hours of community service She also has to pay a fine of $30,000. Prosecutors suggested Huffman serve one month in prison  Huffman’s sentencing drew comparisons to cases involving a Texas woman who is facing up to five years in prison for casting a vote and a homeless woman who served five years for sending her son to a public school in a district they didn’t live in  In 2016, Crystal Mason voted using a provisional ballot in Texas while she was on supervised release for a federal felony She said she didn’t know she was ineligible to vote and while her ballot was rejected, a district attorney still pressed charges against her  Tanya McDowell, a homeless woman, was sentenced to five years in prison after she sent her son to a public school in a district they didn’t live in    Legend said Mason and McDowell’s cases were shameful and “unconscionable,” and said that they shouldn’t have been imprisoned at all    “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,” the singer tweeted  While people were angered that Huffman’s sentencing wasn’t longer, Legend believes she shouldn’t have received any time at all  He concluded: “No one in our nation will benefit for cheating in college admissions We don’t need to lock people up for any of this stuff.”  Legend has used his celebrity status to advocate for criminal justice reform Last week, he attended an “NBC Nightly News” town hall event filmed at New York’s Sing Sing prison to talk about mass incarceration and the toll of life behind bars with inmates  President Donald Trump was offended that his administration’s criminal justice reform efforts were not specifically mentioned during the event, and called Legend an “old boring musician ” Download REAL LIFE. REAL NEWS. REAL VOICES. Help us tell more of the stories that matter from voices that too often remain unheard Join HuffPost Plus

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  • Legend is an ignorant fool, being used by the left.
    McDowell pled guilty to prostitution and selling drugs in addition to the other chsrge. She also only served 10 days and 3 years probation.

  • @1:58 the caption is a lie McDowell was charged with selling drugs to an undercover cop and prostitution she plead for 5 years and served a grand total of 10 days., STOP THE LIE'S

  • Why should we give a crap what he thinks about, oh, I don't know, ANYTHING! We don't need the likes of you to think for us, hun. And I don't recall anyone asking. Sit down and hush.

  • He just lost a semi fan. What an idiot. She should have got more time. What if his kid didn’t get in because of these priveliged assholes. A douch for sure this guy. Keep your mouth shut, keep fans. Be a loudmouth and lose money

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