John Legend: Prison isn't always the best answer

He's upset by unjust sentencing, prison in general

By Faith Karimi, CNN
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(CNN) - John Legend is weighing in on prison sentences a day after actress Felicity Huffman got 14 days for her role in the nationwide college admission scandal.

In a series of tweets Saturday, Legend, who champions criminal justice reform, said prison is not always the answer for every mistake. The bigger issue, he said, is that people are getting locked up for everything.

Legend gave the example of a woman who was jailed for sending her child to the wrong school district and another one who was sentenced to five years for mistakenly voting when she was ineligible. He argued that those women should not be in prison.

"I get why everyone gets mad when rich person X gets a short sentence and poor person of color Y gets a long one. The answer isn't for X to get more; it's for both of them to get less (or even none!!!) We should level down not up," he tweeted.

"Americans have become desensitized to how much we lock people up. Prisons and jails are not the answer to every bad thing everyone does, but we've come to use them to address nearly every societal ill."

Huffman is the first parent to be sentenced in the admissions scam in which rich parents paid large sums to help get their children into prestigious schools.

In addition to two weeks in prison, the "Desperate Housewives" star was sentenced to one year supervised release and 250 hours of community service. She was also fined $30,000.

"I broke the law. I have admitted that and I pleaded guilty to this crime. There are no excuses or justifications for my actions. Period," Huffman said in the statement.

She must report to prison on Oct. 25 to serve her sentence.

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