Lauryn Hill has begun her three-month prison sentence for tax evasion today (July 8).
The singer reported to a federal prison in Danbury, Connecticut this afternoon, reports Associated Press. Inmates at the minimum security prison live in open, barrack-style dormitories and are expected to works jobs such as maintenance, food catering and landscaping. According to TMZ, Hill will not receive deferential treatment.
Last year, 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).
During court sentencing in May this year, Hill explained to the magistrate that that the taxes date back to a period in which she dropped out of the music business for the protection of herself and her children. Speaking about the period, she said: “There were veiled threats, there was blacklisting… I was told, ‘That’s how it goes, it comes with the territory.’ I came to be perceived as a cash cow and not a person. When people capitalise on a persona, they forget there is a person in there.”
Last month, the singer blamed her sentencing on “reverse racism”. The former Fugees singer penned 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.