Joe Giudice left to serve out his 41-month jail sentence at the Federal Correction Institute Fort Dix in New Jersey. He arrived at the prison around noon, according to ABC News, March 23, 2016.
The Giudice’s attorney James J. Leonard Jr. released this statement, “Joe Giudice surrendered himself to the Federal Correctional Institution at Fort Dix today at 12 p.m. to begin serving his sentence. His brother, his sister and several other members of the Giudice family, as well as myself, were present when he turned himself in, to the prison, including [his wife] Teresa. It was obviously a very emotional day, but this is a very strong family with a tremendous support system and they will get through this, just as they did when Teresa was away.”
Two days before Joe surrendered himself, he rented the back section of the Blu Alehouse restaurant in Riverdale, New Jersey. Joe treated his guests to a buffet of great food including, chicken, pasta and steak. All of Joe’s family and friends attended the event and everyone had a wonderful time, according to a source.
“Everyone was laughing and joking. There were a lot of kids running around — everyone brought their kids. It was very low-key, private and a lot of fun.”
It was a night among friends and there were no camera’s from Bravo or their reality show, “Real Housewives of New Jersey” filming any of the festivities. Along with Joe, Teresa and their four children, Gia, Audriana, Milania, and Gabriella, their guest list included Joe’s brother-in-law, Joseph Gorga, his wife Melissa Gorga and it seems that everyone brought their kids.
Amongst the laughter of the evening, attitudes, or moods turned somber and tears were shed as the guests hugged Joe and told him goodbye. The party broke up around 11:30 that evening as things turned very emotional.
“Joe was laughing and happy for most of the night. No speeches.”
In October 2014, Teresa Giudice and Joe Giudice were convicted on several counts of fraud charges, including conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and bankruptcy fraud. The judge showed leniency to the couple because of their four daughters and allowed them to serve their sentences at different times, so one parent was always home with the kids.
Teresa Giudice spent almost a year at the Danbury Federal Correctional Institution before she was released on Dec. 23, 2015. Teresa served the remainder of her sentence under house arrest.
When Joe was asked whether Teresa had given him any tips about surviving in jail, Teresa answered, “The biggest thing I ask is, don’t trust anyone.”
Joe answered, “I think that’s the easy part — going to jail. I think it’s what they put you through before you go. As you know, they try to mentally and physically break you down, you know what I mean? So that’s I think the hardest part of everything. I think going to jail is the easy part.”
Do you think Joe Giudice will have as easy a time in jail as his wife, Teresa Giudice did, or will it be more difficult for him there? Do you think Teresa will use this time to do a spin-off show, or, at least, a special of being a single mother while her husband is in jail? Post your thoughts below in the comments section.