Lauryn Hill has written to her fans from prison, where she is serving a three-month sentence for tax evasion.
Hill began her sentence at the beginning of July in a federal prison in Danbury, Connecticut. Inmates at the minimum security prison live in open, barrack-style dormitories and are expected to work jobs such as maintenance, food catering and landscaping.
Her team updated her Tumblr page yesterday (July 22), with a message that reads: “I have known since very young to look for the purpose and lesson in everything, including the trials. Although it has taken some adjustment, I cannot deny the favour I have encountered while in here, and general warm reception from a community of people who despite their circumstances, have found unique ways to make the best of them.”
The message continues: “Thank you for the letters of concern and well wishes that I receive in the mail every day. Although I may not be able to write everyone back, please know that they have been received, read, acknowledged, and appreciated.”
In 2012, Hill pleaded guilty to failing to pay taxes on more than £1.16 million ($1.8 million) earned from 2005 to 2007. Sentencing also took into account unpaid state and federal taxes from 2008 and 2009, bringing to the total earnings to around £1.5 million ($2.3 million). Last month, the singer blamed her sentencing on “reverse racism”, penning a lengthy Tumblr blog in which she tied historical black enslavement into her battle against the US IRS for tax evasion. After she is released from prison she will be under parole supervision for a year, with the first three months under house arrest.