Lauryn Hill has begun her three month prison sentence for tax evasion.
The "Doo Wop (That Thing)" singer was sentenced in May this year for failing to pay tax on $1.8 million of her earnings between 2005 and 2007. Her sentence also took into account income and tax losses for 2008 and 2009, taking the total to approximately $2.3 million.
Lauryn reported to a minimum security Federal Correctional Institution of Danbury in Connecticut, where she will serve her sentence yesterday (july 8).
While in prison the 38-year-old star will be expected to work in the kitchen and gardens, and sleep in a dormitory with other inmates.
According to TMZ.com, the singer’s first meal as a jailbird was "tasty BBQ pulled pork with a side of carrots, peas and sweet potatoes," with either juice or milk.
After she has served her time in jail, the former Fugees singer will be under parole for a year, with the first three months under house arrest.
Lauryn had pleaded guilty to the charges against her, but had her initial sentence of a year reduced after she asked for leniency because of her charity work and estrangement from the music industry. She also paid $970,000 of tax bill.
In a blog post last week Lauryn railed against the US justice system, referring to her sentencing judge, Madeline Cox Arleo, as a "grotesque slave master"
She also wrote: "I shuddered during sentencing when I kept hearing the term, ’[You must] make the IRS [Internal Revenue Service] whole’. Make the IRS whole, knowing that I got into these very circumstances having to deal with the very energies of inequity and resistance that created and perpetuated these savage inequalities."