Actress Felicity Huffman was recently sentenced to 14 days in prison for her role in the college admissions scandal. The judge clearly felt that she couldn’t just let Huffman walk away unscathed by some kind of prison time.
A number of people were outraged by the short amount of prison time, especially compared with people like Tanya McDowell, who was sentenced to five years in prison for the “crime” of using a friend’s address to enroll her son in kindergarten in 2010.
But the solution here is not that Huffman get a long prison sentence but that McDowell get no prison sentence at all. To lock her up for five years is beyond ridiculous, and emblematic of what is wrong with our “new Jim Crow” society.