Here’s what Felicity Huffman's life will be like in the California prison where she's doing time for her role in the college admissions scandal

Kelly McLaughlin
Felicity Huffman arrives at federal court in Boston to face charges in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal.

Felicity Huffman is one day into her 14-day prison sentence for her role in the college admissions scandal.

She's being held at the Federal Correctional Institution in Dublin, California, a low-security, all-women facility in Northern California that was once listed in Forbes' 10 cushiest prisons.

While incarcerated after pleading guilty to paying $15,000 to have her daughter's SAT answers falsified, Huffman will have to adhere to a daily schedule just like the rest of the 1,200 inmates.

Here's what Huffman's life will look like for the next two weeks. 

Huffman will wake up by 5 a.m. and return to her room by 9 p.m.

The FCI Dublin Admissions & Orientation Handbook indicates that Huffman will have to wake up at 5 a.m., and her bed will have to be made by 6 a.m. She has to be back in her housing unit by 9 p.m.

After 9 p.m., inmates are allowed to shower, use phones, email, and do laundry in their units. When inmates return to their cells at 11:30 p.m., they are not permitted out until 4:30 a.m.

Federal Correctional Institution in Dublin

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Inmates can keep a limited number of books, photos, and magazines in her storage space, but can't attach anything to the walls of their cells.

"Ordinarily, photographs, particularly those of family and friends, are approved, since they represent meaningful ties to the community," the handbook reads. "Inmates may not retain Polaroid photos."

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Huffman will wear a brown uniform

Uniforms are required daily for inmates at FCI Dublin from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. In programming units, uniforms are worn until 4 p.m.

Inmates at FCI Dublin wear Khaki pants, a blouse, and a brown T-shirt daily.

The brown T-shirt must be tucked into the pants, and the blouse must be buttoned, except for the top button, at all time. Inmates can wear a grey pullover sweater or zippered jacket, but it must be worn under the blouse, which features an inmate's name, register number, and unit identification.

When in their units after 9 p.m., inmates can wear gray t-shirts and khaki shorts.

As for shoes, boots are worn by all inmates while in uniform. Jewelry is limited to a wedding band and a pair of stud or small hoop earrings.

Huffman's diet will include bran flakes, tacos, and meatloaf.

The Bureau of Prisons has a nationally regulated menu for all-women prisons across the country.

According to menus posted online, breakfast options include Bran Flakes, grits, and oatmeal. Breakfast is served from 5:30 a.m. to 6:15 a.m. on weekdays, and from 6:30 a.m. to 7:15 a.m. on weekends and holidays.

Actress Felicity Huffman and husband William H. Macy leave the federal courthouse in Boston

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The lunch menu changes daily, and includes tacos, baked chicken with sweet potatoes and green beans, and breaded fish sandwiches. Lunch is served from 10:45 a.m. to 12 p.m. on weekdays, and 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. on weekends and holidays.

Among the dinner options are meatloaf, marinara pasta, chicken fried rice, and vegetable soup. Dinner is served after 4 p.m. every day.

There's a 'wide array of programs and activities' for Huffman to take part in, including crafting, basketball, and educational classes

Crafts, including crochet, card-making, watercolor painting, origami, and scrapbooking are encouraged,  according to the FCI Dublin Admissions & Orientation Handbook.

And though the handbook prohibits sunbathing, it does say inmates can lay out on sundecks in shorts and shirts on weekends. 

"Basketball, volleyball, track, softball, and tennis facilities are provided. Shoes and shirts are required in the recreation area at all times. Indoor recreation exercise equipment will be provided along with board and table games," according to the handbook. "Special activities may include inter-unit holiday tournaments, bingo, and ping-pong."

Inmates can also purchase a radio or MP3 player, but are only allowed to listen to non-explicit music purchased through a program called TRU-Units. TV is allowed during off-duty hours, and during normal working hours — if staff permit it.

Inmates can also take continuing and post-secondary education classes, use the facility's library, and go to religious services provided by the prison.

Read more: Here's everyone who has been sentenced in the college admissions scandal so far

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Huffman can buy brand-name toiletries and hair products in the commissary

While Huffman will be provided a generic-brand toothpaste, toothbrush, comb, and soap, from the prison, she can buy brand-named items through the commissary, which the Bureau of Prisons has posted online.

She can also buy a number of hair-care items, like a blow dryer or curling iron, food, drinks, and clothing. More than a dozen cosmetic products are on offer, and Huffman can choose between hundreds of snacks and amenities, including Oreos, Pop Tarts, and Jolly Ranchers. 

FCI Dublin Commissary

FCI Dublin

Huffman can have visitors on the weekends

According to the federal prison's handbook, visitors are allowed between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. on weekends and holidays.

Visitors must be on an approved visiting list and have to provide photo ID prior to entry. Five visitors can enter at a time to visit a single inmate.

Upon entering the facility, visitors can't wear clothing that's similar to issued uniforms, sweatsuits, or "provocative clothing."

Visitors cannot bring items for inmates, but may bring $35 to use at a vending machine or deposit into an inmate's account.

Huffman isn't the first celebrity to serve a sentence at FCI Dublin

Felicity Huffman leaves the federal courthouse in Boston

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Huffman was the first parent to be sentenced in the college admissions scandal, but she's not the first celebrity to serve time at FCI Dublin.

Patty Hearst, the granddaughter of William Randolph Hearst, served 21 months at FCI Dublin after partaking in a robbery with members of the Symbionese Liberation Army, who had kidnapped her months earlier, the Mercury News reported. She was released in 1979 after President Jimmy Carter commuted her 7-year sentence.

Sara Jane Moore, who attempted to assassinate President Gerald Ford in 1975, spent 32 years at the prison.

Heidi Fleiss, known as the "Hollywood Madam," served 20 months in FCI Dublin in the 1990s after police busted an upscale prostitution ring that served high-profile clients in Hollywood.

All in all, the low-security prison offers a variety of activities and a decent amount of freedom compared to other higher security institutions. But that doesn't mean Huffman's stay will be a cakewalk. She will, after all, be in with people who are serving much longer sentences, who may resent her 14-day stint. 

"There are people who are going to fawn over her because of her celebrity status, and other women who can't stand her because they are doing serious time," Holli Coulman, a former federal inmate who advises female defendants on preparing for life in federal prison for Wall Street Prison Consultants, told the Mercury News

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