Disgraced Real Housewives of Salt Lake City star Jen Shah just unveiled two new tattoos in honor of her family before she heads to prison on Friday, February 17, to begin serving a 6.5-year sentence for her role in a nationwide telemarketing scheme targeting the elderly.
Jen took to her Instagram Stories on Wednesday to show off her new ink. The first tattoo is on her forearm, and it reads, “Keiki,” which means “baby” or “child” in Hawaiian. Jen is of Hawaiian and Tongan descent.
The second tattoo appears to be on the inside of her arm. It features the names of her husband and two sons — Coach Sharrieff Shah, Omar, and Sharrieff Jr. — written out in cursive.
“Sharrieff Omar Sharrieff,” the tattoo reads. Jen captioned the photo, “You are my everything.”
The sentimental tattoos come right as Jen is set to report to prison on Friday. Where Jen will be serving her sentence is not yet clear as inmates’ locations are not made available until after they are in custody.
However, Jen’s attorneys have pushed for the reality star to pay her debt to society in a low-security federal prison camp. According to NBC News legal analyst Danny Cevallos, they are the “gold standard.” Danny added that they are “more laidback.”
Specifically, Jen’s head lawyer, Priya Chaudhry, has requested that Jen be able to serve out her time in Federal Prison Camp Bryan in Texas, where there is a “residential drug abuse program.” Jen previously told presiding Judge Sidney Stein in open court that she was treated for depression and alcohol abuse in the past, but she was never institutionalized. Her attorney said Jen plans to deal with an unspecified substance abuse problem while in prison. She has also been mandated to enter mental health treatment upon completion of her sentence.
If Jen is allowed to enter the drug rehabilitation program and complete it, an additional year could be taken off her time served, the legal analyst told NBC News, saying “[it would be] fantastic” for Jen.
“A year is a huge deal, especially if you’re in the federal system, where you really do your time,” Danny added.
If Jen gets her way and reports to FPC Bryan, she can expect a much more comfortable stay than in a high-security camp.
FPC Bryan inmates may take business and foreign language classes, play sports, engage in arts and crafts activities, and attend religious services, according to the camp’s handbook.
Additionally, in regulation with the Federal Bureau of Prison’s policies, Jen could potentially shave up to another 54 days a year off her original sentence for good behavior, adding up to more than 320 days off her 6.5 years.
If Jen successfully receives the time shaved off for being a model inmate, she could potentially be released as early as 2027.
After she is released, Jen has been also ordered to pay up to $9.5 million in restitution to those victimized by her crimes.
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