As one can probably imagine, the transition to life behind bars hasn’t been a smooth one for Abby Lee Miller, who recently began her 366-day sentence at FCI Victorville in Victorville, CA. Before she began her sentence, she made it abundantly clear that she was afraid of life in prison — and now, a former inmate named Holli Coulman — who is free but still has ties to the inside — is telling In Touch about how the reality star is coping behind bars.
“Abby Lee has been a mess,” Holli tells In Touch exclusively. “She’s been very quiet since arriving but will have fits of crying. She’s having a very hard time adjusting.”
According to Holli, the former Dance Mom star is cleaning toilets — one of the most demeaning jobs — and the staff has been less than welcoming; though Abby has mostly kept to herself, Holli says the other inmates had their impression of her before she arrived. She explains, “They think she’s rude, loud, and obnoxoius. They want her to be taken down a peg,” adding that many of the inmates have seen the Lifetime reality show and have rallied against her because of it.
Holli says the guards have echoed the inmates’ sentiment. “[The guards] don’t like white-collar crimes, and they certainly don’t like celebrities,” she says.
Because of this, Holli says that it’s in Abby’s best interest to continue laying low — or risk having her one-year-and-a-day sentence made exponentially worse. She tells In Touch, “If they even hear a rumor that you’re fighting, they’ll send you to the Special Housing Unit,” a.k.a. solitary confinement, which she describes as a “very bad” place. My advice for Abby Lee is to just lay as low as possible.”
Abby is currently serving a 366-day sentence after pleading guilty to one count of concealing bankruptcy assets and one count of not reporting an international monetary transaction as part of a plea deal. Based on previous cases, experts expect she’ll be out in nine to 10 months, followed by two years of supervised release.