Felicity Huffman wants to work with inmates following prison release, source says

After spending nearly two weeks behind bars, Felicity Huffman wants to reach out and help those who are still in jail better their lives.

A source tells ET, the "conditions at the prison were very difficult" and that there were "no real programs or initiatives to help the incarcerated women who were there."

"Felicity felt like the women in that facility were being discarded and left behind; they were forgotten," the source continues. "She loved the women there and bonded with them. When she left she felt guilty leaving them behind."

The 56-year-old actress was released from the Federal Correctional Institution in Dublin, California, on Oct. 25 after serving 13 days in prison for her role in the college admissions scandal. Following her release, she began one year of supervised release.

She is also required to complete 250 hours of community service, an undertaking she's already commenced.

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BOSTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 13: Felicity Huffman arrives with her husband William H. Macy at John Joseph Moakley US Courthouse in Boston on Sept. 13, 2019. (Photo by Nic Antaya for The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 13: Felicity Huffman arrives with her husband William H. Macy at John Joseph Moakley US Courthouse in Boston on Sept. 13, 2019. (Photo by David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 13: Felicity Huffman arrives with her husband William H. Macy at John Joseph Moakley US Courthouse in Boston on Sept. 13, 2019. (Photo by Nic Antaya for The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
Actress Felicity Huffman, escorted by her husband William H. Macy, makes her way to the entrance of the John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse September 13, 2019 in Boston, where she will be sentenced for her role in the College Admissions scandal. - Huffman, one of the defendants charged in the college admissions cheating scandal, is scheduled to be sentenced for paying $15,000 to inflate her daughters SAT scores, a crime she said she committed trying to be a good parent. (Photo by Joseph Prezioso / AFP) (Photo credit should read JOSEPH PREZIOSO/AFP/Getty Images)
Actress Felicity Huffman, escorted by her husband William H. Macy, makes her way to the entrance of the John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse September 13, 2019 in Boston, where she will be sentenced for her role in the College Admissions scandal. - Huffman, one of the defendants charged in the college admissions cheating scandal, is scheduled to be sentenced for paying $15,000 to inflate her daughters SAT scores, a crime she said she committed trying to be a good parent. (Photo by Joseph Prezioso / AFP) (Photo credit should read JOSEPH PREZIOSO/AFP/Getty Images)
Actress Felicity Huffman, escorted by her husband William H. Macy, makes her way to the entrance of the John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse September 13, 2019 in Boston, where she will be sentenced for her role in the College Admissions scandal. - Huffman, one of the defendants charged in the college admissions cheating scandal, is scheduled to be sentenced for paying $15,000 to inflate her daughters SAT scores, a crime she said she committed trying to be a good parent. (Photo by Joseph Prezioso / AFP) (Photo credit should read JOSEPH PREZIOSO/AFP/Getty Images)
Actress Felicity Huffman, escorted by her husband William H. Macy, makes her way to the entrance of the John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse September 13, 2019 in Boston, where she will be sentenced for her role in the College Admissions scandal. - Huffman, one of the defendants charged in the college admissions cheating scandal, is scheduled to be sentenced for paying $15,000 to inflate her daughters SAT scores, a crime she said she committed trying to be a good parent. (Photo by Joseph Prezioso / AFP) (Photo credit should read JOSEPH PREZIOSO/AFP/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 13: Felicity Huffman and husband William Macy arrive at John Moakley U.S. Courthousefor Huffman's sentencing hearing for her role in the college admissions scandal on September 13, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Paul Marotta/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 13: Felicity Huffman and husband William Macy arrive at John Moakley U.S. Courthousefor Huffman's sentencing hearing for her role in the college admissions scandal on September 13, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Paul Marotta/Getty Images)
Actress Felicity Huffman makes her way to the entrance of the John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse September 13, 2019 in Boston, where she will be sentenced for her role in the College Admissions scandal. - Huffman, one of the defendants charged in the college admissions cheating scandal, is scheduled to be sentenced for paying $15,000 to inflate her daughters SAT scores, a crime she said she committed trying to be a good parent. (Photo by Joseph Prezioso / AFP) (Photo credit should read JOSEPH PREZIOSO/AFP/Getty Images)
Actress Felicity Huffman, escorted by her husband William H. Macy, makes her way to the entrance of the John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse September 13, 2019 in Boston, where she will be sentenced for her role in the College Admissions scandal. - Huffman, one of the defendants charged in the college admissions cheating scandal, is scheduled to be sentenced for paying $15,000 to inflate her daughters SAT scores, a crime she said she committed trying to be a good parent. (Photo by Joseph Prezioso / AFP) (Photo credit should read JOSEPH PREZIOSO/AFP/Getty Images)
Actress Felicity Huffman, escorted by her husband William H. Macy, makes her way into the John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse September 13, 2019 in Boston, where she will be sentenced for her role in the College Admissions scandal. - Huffman, one of the defendants charged in the college admissions cheating scandal, is scheduled to be sentenced for paying $15,000 to inflate her daughters SAT scores, a crime she said she committed trying to be a good parent. (Photo by Joseph Prezioso / AFP) (Photo credit should read JOSEPH PREZIOSO/AFP/Getty Images)
Actress Felicity Huffman, escorted by her husband William H. Macy (L), exits the John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse in Boston, where she was sentenced by Judge Talwani for her role in the College Admissions scandal on September 13, 2019. - Actress Felicity Huffman gets 14 days jail in US college admissions scandal (Photo by Joseph Prezioso / AFP) (Photo credit should read JOSEPH PREZIOSO/AFP/Getty Images)
Actress Felicity Huffman, escorted by her husband William H. Macy, exits the John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse in Boston, where she was sentenced by Judge Talwani for her role in the College Admissions scandal on September 13, 2019. - Actress Felicity Huffman gets 14 days jail in US college admissions scandal (Photo by Joseph Prezioso / AFP) (Photo credit should read JOSEPH PREZIOSO/AFP/Getty Images)
Actress Felicity Huffman, escorted by her husband William H. Macy makes her way to a waiting SUV after leaving the John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse in Boston, where she was sentenced by Judge Talwani for her role in the College Admissions scandal on September 13, 2019. - Actress Felicity Huffman gets 14 days jail in US college admissions scandal (Photo by Joseph Prezioso / AFP) (Photo credit should read JOSEPH PREZIOSO/AFP/Getty Images)
Actress Felicity Huffman, escorted by her husband William H. Macy (L), exits the John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse in Boston, where she was sentenced by Judge Talwani for her role in the College Admissions scandal on September 13, 2019. - Actress Felicity Huffman gets 14 days jail in US college admissions scandal (Photo by Joseph Prezioso / AFP) (Photo credit should read JOSEPH PREZIOSO/AFP/Getty Images)
Actress Felicity Huffman, escorted by her husband William H. Macy (L), exits the John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse in Boston, where she was sentenced by Judge Talwani for her role in the College Admissions scandal on September 13, 2019. - Actress Felicity Huffman gets 14 days jail in US college admissions scandal (Photo by Joseph Prezioso / AFP) (Photo credit should read JOSEPH PREZIOSO/AFP/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 13: Felicity Huffman and husband William Macy exit John Moakley U.S. Courthouse where Huffman received a 14 day sentence for her role in the college admissions scandal on September 13, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Paul Marotta/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 13: Felicity Huffman and husband William Macy exit John Moakley U.S. Courthouse where Huffman received a 14 day sentence for her role in the college admissions scandal on September 13, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Paul Marotta/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 13: Felicity Huffman and husband William Macy (L) exit John Moakley U.S. Courthouse where Huffman received a 14 day sentence for her role in the college admissions scandal on September 13, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Paul Marotta/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 13: Felicity Huffman arrives with her husband William H. Macy at John Joseph Moakley US Courthouse in Boston on Sept. 13, 2019. (Photo by Nic Antaya for The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
Actress Felicity Huffman, escorted by her husband William H. Macy, exits the John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse in Boston, where she was sentenced by Judge Talwani for her role in the College Admissions scandal on September 13, 2019. - Actress Felicity Huffman gets 14 days jail in US college admissions scandal (Photo by Joseph Prezioso / AFP) (Photo credit should read JOSEPH PREZIOSO/AFP/Getty Images)
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"She would like for her next community service work to be helping women who were recently incarcerated and need help re-entering society," the source says. "This work will be a long term commitment for her well beyond her community service hours."

"Currently, she’s working as a tutor at The Teen Project, that rescues girls who are trafficked on the streets. She’s been doing that for two years well before this case happened," the source adds. "She’s been tutoring those girls two times a week for two years and this has been an amazing experience for her and her daughter. Felicity is not your average Hollywood actress."

The Desperate Housewives star admitted to paying $15,000 to help get her eldest daughter, Sophia, into an elite college by cheating on the SAT. She formally pleaded guilty to charges of mail fraud and honest services mail fraud back in April.

In a statement after her sentencing, Huffman said she accepted the court's decision and took full responsibility for her actions.

"My goal now is to serve the sentence that the court has given me. I look forward to doing my community service hours and making a positive impact on my community. I also plan to continue making contributions wherever I can well after those service hours are completed," read Huffman's statement in part. "I can promise you that in the months and years to come that I will try and live a more honest life, serve as a better role model for my daughters and family and continue to contribute my time and energies wherever I am needed. My hope now is that my family, my friends and my community will forgive me for my actions."

Huffman's first post-prison sighting came late last month when she and her husband, William H. Macy, were photographed visiting the Spring Street Courthouse in L.A.

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William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman (Photo by Jim Smeal/WireImage)
Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California (Photo by Jim Smeal/WireImage)
Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy during ABC's 1998 Summer TCA Press Tour All-Star Party at Ritz Carlton Hotel in Pasadena, California, United States. (Photo by Jim Smeal/WireImage)
361253 16: William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman at the Independent Spirit Award Nominations in Los Angeles, CA, August 1, 1998. (Photo by Russ Einhorn / Liaison Agency)
Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy during First Annual Project A.L.S. at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Jim Smeal/WireImage)
William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman during 'Bowfinger' Los Angeles Premiere at Universal Amphitheatre in Universal City, California, United States. (Photo by Jim Smeal/WireImage)
SPORTS NIGHT - 'When Something Wicked This Way Comes' - Airdate: October 12, 1999. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) FELICITY HUFFMAN;WILLIAM H. MACY
LOS ANGELES, UNITED STATES: US actor William H. Macy(L) arrives at the premiere of her new film 'Magnolia' with co-star Felicity Huffman(R) in Los Angeles, CA 08 December 1999. The film is directed by Paul Thomas Anderson and also stars Tom Cruise and Julianne Moore. AFP PHOTO/Lucy NICHOLSON (Photo credit should read LUCY NICHOLSON/AFP/Getty Images)
SPORTS NIGHT - 'And the Crowd Goes Wild' - Airdate: February 8, 2000. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) FELICITY HUFFMAN;WILLIAM H. MACY
UNITED STATES - CIRCA 2001: William H. Macy and his wife, actress Felicity Huffman, arrive for a benefit screening of the movie 'Jurassic Park III' for the Atlantic Theater Company at the Sony Lincoln Square theater. Macy stars in the film. (Photo by Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy during 2004 Emmy Creative Arts Awards - Arrivals at Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES - SEPTEMBER 19: Actors Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy attend the 56th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Shrine Auditorium September 19, 2004 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman during The 56th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards - Showtime After Party at Morton's in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by J. Shearer/WireImage)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 11: Actors William Macy and Felicity Huffman backstage at the Heart Truth Fall 2010 Fashion Show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Tent at Bryant Park on February 11, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images for IMG)
VENICE, CA - FEBRUARY 06: Actors Felicity Huffman and William Macy attend the Cast of ABC's Desperate Housewives Step Up to Benefit Homeless Youth Fundraiser presented by StandUp For Kids/LA fundraiser at The G2 Gallery which featured photographer Tom Stone's award winning Portraits of Kids Living on the Streets on February 6, 2010 in Venice, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman (Photo by M. Caulfield/WireImage for InStyle Magazine)
HOLLYWOOD - APRIL 21: Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy arrive at the Hollywood Stars Bowl For Project A.L.S. at Lucky Strikes on April 21, 2010 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/WireImage)
<> at Resort at Pelican Hill on May 28, 2010 in Newport Beach, California.
William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman, nominee Best Actress in a Leading Role for 'Transamerica' (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD - MARCH 16: Actor William H. Macy and wife actress Felicity Huffman arrive at Fox Searchlight Pictures Premiere Of 'Thank You for Smoking' held at the Directors Guild of America in Hollywood on March 16, 2006. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy during The 20th Annual Nautica Malibu Triathlon - Arrivals at Zuma Beach in Malibu, California, United States. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
Felicity Huffman, William H. Macy and Eva Longoria (Photo by Jesse Grant/WireImage for GLAAD)
Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy during Esquire House 360 Hosts Annual Cocktail Party for Oxfam - Red Carpet at Esquire House in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by J.Sciulli/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 15: Actor William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman arrive at the 64th Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton on January 15, 2007 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 23: Actress Felicity Huffman and actor William H. Macy arrive to unveil 'Got Milk' ad and announce Scholastic Parent & Child Magazine 'Family Of The Year' at Zimmer Museum on May 23, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Beck Starr/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 22: Jennifer Grey, William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman arrive for the 'Trust Me' - Los Angeles Premiere at the Egyptian Theatre on May 22, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 22: (L-R) Felicity Huffman, Clark Gregg, William H. Macy and Sam Rockwell arrive for the 'Trust Me' - Los Angeles Premiere at the Egyptian Theatre on May 22, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 05: (L-R) Actors Felicity Huffman, William H. Macy and Eva Longoria attend the 2014 AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Jane Fonda at the Dolby Theatre on June 5, 2014 in Hollywood, California. Tribute show airing Saturday, June 14, 2014 at 9pm ET/PT on TNT. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 05: Actors William H. Macy (L) and Felicity Huffman attend the 2014 AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Jane Fonda at the Dolby Theatre on June 5, 2014 in Hollywood, California. Tribute show airing Saturday, June 14, 2014 at 9pm ET/PT on TNT. (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images for AFI)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 07: Actors Felicity Huffman, William H. Macy and Selena Gomez arrive at the Los Angeles VIP Screening of 'Rudderless' at the Vista Theatre on October 7, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 25: Actors Felicity Huffman (L) and William H. Macy attend the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 25, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Actor William H. Macy and wife/actress Felicity Huffman arrive at the premiere of 'Stealing Cars' held at the Regal Cinemas L.A. Live. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 13: Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy arrive at the Premiere of A24's 'Room' at Pacific Design Center on October 13, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jerod Harris/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 29: Actors William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman attend the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Expo Hall on January 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman attend the Showtime Emmy Eve Party at Sunset Tower on September 17, 2016 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Tibrina Hobson/Getty Images)
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