By Teresa Ambord
A few days short of her three-month sentence for tax evasion, the prison doors opened for Lauryn Hill on Friday, October 4. Her confinement at the Federal Correction Institution at Danbury, Connecticut, began July 8, but, according to Forbes magazine, good behavior "among other things" netted her a break.
Originally, Hill was looking at a possible two to three years behind bars for failing to file tax returns for the years 2005 through 2007. In her plea to the court, she asked for leniency so that she could work hard to earn the money needed to pay her tax debt. Ultimately, she was given a short sentence, followed by three months of home confinement, a year of supervised parole, and a fine of $60,000.
Before going to prison, she began work on a new track, which she had originally hoped would be ready before her incarceration. Instead, her new single, "Consumerism," was on the market within hours of her release from prison.
Hill hasn't announced what she'll do next, though her latest project is entitled "Letters from Exile." The CEO of her record company said simply, "Ms. Hill is ready to get back to work." Here's hoping her financial and legal problems are behind her and her fresh start will be a huge success.