College bribery scandal revives debate over Connecticut case

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — Actress Felicity Huffman's 14-day jail sentence in the college admissions scandal is reviving debate over the case of a black, homeless mother in Connecticut who received a much longer prison sentence.

The Connecticut Post reports that Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders retweeted a post Friday comparing Huffman's sentence to that of Tanya McDowell as he called for criminal justice reform. The newspaper notes musician John Legend also alluded to the cases Saturday as he argued that neither woman should have received imprisonment.

Huffman was sentenced Friday in Boston after pleading guilty to paying an admissions consultant to have a proctor correct her daughter's SAT answers.

McDowell pleaded guilty to enrolling her son in Norwalk schools, despite living in Bridgeport and received five years in prison for that and unrelated drug charges in 2012.

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Information from: Connecticut Post, http://www.connpost.com