Well, that was quick!
Just 11 days after she reported to prison to begin serving a sentence stemming from her role in the college admissions bribery scandal, actress Felicity Huffman is a free woman once again.
Huffman was sentenced to 14 days behind bars, but TMZ is now reporting that she was sprung from her Northern California holding center a few days early.
She was scheduled to be released on Sunday, and it seems the prison has a policy of releasing inmates ahead of time if their release date falls on a weekend.
We're sure that makes sense in most cases, but when your sentence is measured in weeks, not months or years, knocking a few days off amounts to a serious reduction in time served.
In all likelihood, Felicity's lawyers were able to arrange it so that her release date would fall on Sunday, thus enabling her to serve the lightest possible sentence.
Of course, she's likely to pay for those two days of freedom with what's left of her reputation, as the sneaky scheduling has contributed to the feeling that Felicity was able to leverage her wealth, fame, and connections in order to avoid suffering any real consequences for her crimes.
As you probably recall, Huffman pled guilty to fraud charges in May, after prosecutors alleged that she paid $15,000 have a proctor correct SAT questions answered incorrectly by her daughter.
The actress was ensnared in an FBI sting designed to take down a "college prep" service that used bribes and coercion to help children of wealthy parents earn admission to the colleges of their choice.
In addition to her time in prison, Huffman will be forced to pay a $30,000 fine and serve 250 hours of community service.
Many who watched the scandal closely were outraged by what they considered to be a "slap on the wrist" sentence.
Of course, part of the reason Huffman got off so easy is that she cooperated with prosecutors and accepted a plea deal.
The same can't be said for her fellow actress and alleged co-conspirator Lori Loughlin, who pled not guilty to the charges against her and is set to stand trial in Massachusetts next month.
If convicted, Loughlin could serve up to 50 years in prison.