Being that the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, CT is a minimum security federal prison, it often houses high-profile inmates who have committed white collar crimes.

Despite what many red-carpet dwellers may think, celebrity status does not mean that one is exempt from obeying the law, paying taxes, or complying with any of the other societal duties that come with being an upstanding citizen in this fine country. In fact, that above-the-law mentality has landed many celebs in undesirable situations. Sometimes, legal troubles have launched certain famous people into obscurity, while for others, run-ins with the law have just added fuel to the fire that is their fame.

Conversely, as is the case for one of the people listed below, maybe it is the crime itself, the prison time that they served, or even just the experience of the whole ordeal that puts a particular celebrity into the limelight.

In some crazy way, I guess you can say that we have been blessed in that a number of celebrities who have broken federal laws, have served all or part of their sentences within the walls of the prison that holds our city's namesake.

Here is a list of some of FCI Danbury's most notable inmates according to wikipedia:

  • Leona Helmsley

    Often referred to as the "Queen of Mean" (I doubt that anyone ever said that to her face) the hotel and real estate big wig was notorious for a business style that has often been described as fierce and tyrannical.

    Among other business related crimes, Leona Helmsley was ultimately convicted of tax evasion, and received a reduced sentence. She ironically reported to prison on April 15, 1992 (Tax Day) and "visited" Danbury for 19 months.

  • Piper Kerman

    Despite being born into a prominent family in the Boston area, the self-proclaimed "WASP" served over a year within the confines of FCI Danbury after pleading guilty to money laundering and drug trafficking charges.

    Her time in Danbury provided the subject matter for her renowned memoir titled Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prisonwhich was adapted into the Emmy award winning Netflix series, Orange Is the New Black, created by Jenji Kohan.

  • Teresa Giudice

    As one of the original cast members of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, along with a stint on The Celebrity Apprentice 5 and having written three New York Times Best Sellers, Teresa defines the term Reality Star.

    Unfortunately for her, her celebrity status did not exclude her and her husband from being convicted of multiple financial fraud charges. Giudice's guilty plea resulted in a 15-month sentence. She was released from FCI Danbury two months early in December of 2015.

  • Lauryn Hill

    Undoubtedly one of the most talented women to ever enter the world of Hip Hop and R&B, Ms. Hill's mental issues have been widely documented.

    In 2012, she pleaded guilty to three counts of tax evasion after not reporting income and intentionally not filing tax returns. She served three months in Danbury as a result of that conviction.