Lauryn Hill begins three-month prison sentence

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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 (08.07.13).

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, 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."

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