Allison Mack, a former member of NXIVM, has been granted an early release from prison due to her exemplary conduct. Mack, known for her role in the TV series “Smallville,” was a key defendant in the NXIVM case, which exposed the transformation of Keith Raniere’s self-help summit in Albany into a disturbing “sex cult.”
Mack played a significant role in recruiting women from the entertainment industry into NXIVM. In 2019, she pleaded guilty to racketeering and racketeering conspiracy, leading to her sentencing in 2021 to three years in prison. However, she ultimately served only two years and was released on Monday under the provisions of the First Step Act. This act, enacted in 2018, allows federal inmates to earn “good conduct” credits towards reducing their sentence, as confirmed by the Federal Bureau of Prisons in a statement to People magazine.
During her incarceration, Mack was held at the Federal Correctional Institution in Dublin, California, which had previously housed other high-profile figures such as Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman.
NXIVM was initially marketed as an “empowerment” seminar, known as the “Executive Success Program,” located in upstate New York. However, disturbing revelations and subsequent legal actions exposed the organization’s practices of branding, coercive starvation, and manipulative activities like endless volleyball games. Members were also subjected to sexual encounters with Raniere, the founder and leader of NXIVM. Mack not only played a part in recruiting new members but also participated in the branding ritual and was involved in the manipulation and potential blackmail of individuals within a subgroup called “Dominus Obsequious Sororium” or “DOS.”
Before her sentencing, Mack expressed remorse in a heartfelt letter to the court, acknowledging the harm caused by her destructive choices. She wrote, “It is now of paramount importance to me to say, from the bottom of my heart, I am so sorry. I threw myself into the teachings of Keith Raniere with everything I had.” Recognizing the impact on others, she added, “The list of those harmed by the collateral damage of my destructive choices continues to grow as I become more and more aware of how my choices have affected those around me. I am grateful that I have made it through this process alive and that I was stopped when I was.”
While facing a potential maximum sentence of 40 years in prison, Mack cooperated with prosecutors and provided information about her co-defendants, including Raniere. As a result, the prosecution recommended a reduced sentence for her. Raniere himself received a 120-year prison sentence, while Clare Bronfman, the heir to the Seagram’s fortune and a major funder of NXIVM, received nearly seven years of imprisonment.