Lauryn Hill Starts Prison Sentence

Lauryn Hill Starts Prison Sentence
Troubled R&B icon Lauryn Hill recently signed a new record deal to allow her pay her back taxes, but evidently that hasn't helped her when it comes to avoiding prison. TMZ reports that the 38-year-old former Fugee has checked into prison.

According to the report, the singer is being incarcerated at the Federal Correction Institution in Danbury, CT. She signed in this morning (July 8) at around 11:15 a.m. local time and will be serving three months for tax evasion. This follows the recent news that Hill had been sentenced to prison after failing to file returns on $1.8 million in earnings between 2005 and 2007.

The prison is low-security facility, and according to TMZ, its all-female inmates live in "barracks type" housing. Hill will apparently not be isolated and will live with the other inmates.

Back in the spring, Hill wrote a lengthy blog post addressing her failure to pay her taxes. She blamed society, writing, "Only a completely complicated set of traps, manipulations, and inequitable business arrangements could put someone who has accomplished the things that I have, financially in need of anything."

We're guessing that this sentence won't help Hill in her mission to work on new music.