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

Carl Williott | July 8, 2013 - 12:26 pm

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.