It’s expected that both famous women will spend time behind bars. But what will that be like for them?
Abby Lee Miller recently learned this for herself, and is offering Lori and Felicity some advice.
In the new issue of Us Weekly, Dance Moms star Abby Lee Miller is speaking about Lori and Felicity’s current plight.
"I have a lot of advice for them," Miller expresses.
Miller was famous — more or less a household name — when she was sentenced to one year in prison for bankruptcy fraud.
She reported to prison in the summer of 2017, and was released to a halfway house in early 2018.
Miller feels that she has a lot of wisdom to offer "and I would love to talk to them face-to-face."
At least some of that advice, however, they can find in print.
"They shouldn’t hire one of those [prison] consultants," the Dance Moms villain insists.
There are consultants for everything. Some of them are invaluable. Some are basically just con artists.
Miller had two.
"My attorneys in Pittsburgh hired one," she shares. "And Lifetime hired another one."
According to Miller: "Both were completely wrong on everything."
In terms of less specific advice, Miller has one major suggestion.
"My advice would be, ‘Take a deep breath,’" she expresses.
And she’s not ruling out all consultants.
"’And if you need a consultant,’" Miller promises. "’I’m your girl.’"
Someone, please make this into a TV special — even if Lori and Felicity don’t seem likely to accept any offers right now.
But Abby Lee Miller’s experience in the slammer wasn’t all bad.
She says that she made the acquaintance of a number of "lovely and wonderful" women while she was behind bars.
"[They were] some of the most intelligent, intuitive, wonderful people that I’ll ever meet," Miller gushes.
That makes a lot of sense.
Our nation’s incarceration rate may be absurdly, immorally high, but that doesn’t mean that all or even most of the people behind bars are evil.
Some crimes reflect momentary lapses in judgment that harm no one. Some "crimes" shouldn’t be crimes at all.
Miller went to prison for brankruptcy fraud.
Fraud is bad, though she of course disputed the veracity of the charge.
But Lori and Felicity are accused of using their wealth to try to game the system to sneak their children into college.
This is so outrageous because it flies in the face of countless marginalized people who overcome great odds to apply.
How many deserving people from disadvantaged backgrounds have been waitlisted to make room for a rich kid?
College is a great experience, but it’s not for everyone, and if you can’t get in on your own merit, you’re not going to have a great time.
Ultimately, their kids would have been better off and probably happier with a hefty cash gift.
But fortunately, Lori and Felicity are probably looking at similar — and, in Felicity’s case, probably shorter — prison experiences to Miller’s.
It’s no fun. Someone else decides when you wake up, when you go to bed, and you’re stripped of your freedom and dignity.
But it should be the sort of experience that they can survive.