“Dance Moms” star Abby Lee Miller was released from jail on Tueday, and apparently made her way to a halfway house where she’ll spend a little under two months before going home.
TMZ reports Miller, who reportedly dropped 100 pounds while incarcerated, was released from a Ventura, California, prison and transferred to residential reentry center (halfway house) where she’ll remain until May 25. Miller was serving a year sentence in federal prison after she was convicted of 20 counts of fraud last year, when she hid $775,000 of her income from the government.
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Miller was spotted leaving the prison wearing a white long-sleeved shirt, baggy grey shorts, white socks, and black sandal sliders.
Miller’s former prison consultant and coach, Jennifer Myers, told Entertainment Tonight (ET) that although Miller is relieved to be out of prison, the halfway house may not much better. In fact, Myers said she heard the conditions were actually worse.
“It’s fantastic news, of course. Anybody would be happy to get out, but once you get there, some of the women have complained and say it is worse than prison. It is not a fun place to be, but it is one step closer to getting home.”
According to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, inmates transferred to residential reentry centers are still in federal custody while they are supervised in a “safe, structured” environment. Myers said that with rules, surveillance cameras, and locked doors, a halfway house isn’t a place where Miller can bend rules.
“It’s a little bit of an adjustment. They can be strict and Abby will definitely have to follow the rules. The halfway house is not a fun place to be. The men and women are segregated, but she will be with women she does not know.”
Once Miller goes through her first week of orientation at the halfway house, she’ll start working on a project with Lifetime, according to Myers, as the inmates are required to work or train for employment. The halfway house then takes a percentage of monies earned by the inmates.
Although Miller is scheduled for release on May 25, Myers says the public will likely see her released earlier.
“Her official release date is still May 25, 2018, but when you get down to the last 10 percent, you can serve it on home confinement. She will probably be there for a bit, but not all the way up until May 25.”
[Feature Photo: Abby Miller via AP/Rich Fury/Invision, File]