Lauryn Hill Is In Prison: Singer’s Three-Month Sentence Begins Today

Lauryn Hill is officially an inmate in the federal prison system. The singer, who in May was sentenced to three months behind bars after failing to pay taxes for a three-year streatch, started her sentence today (July 8) in a minimum security federal correction center in Danbury, CT. TMZ reports that Hill will be placed with the general population.

Last year, the former Fugees singer pleaded guilty to owing $1.8 million in taxes, but leading up to her trial continuously painted herself as the victim of a corrupt system. Days before Hill was set to be sentenced, she signed a deal with Sony, which may have enabled her to pay about $900,000 of her IRS debt in the hours before her court appearance. But it didn’t seem to sway the judge — in addition to the prison sentence, she was also given three months on house arrest followed by nine months on supervised release.