Joe Giudice has been an inmate at the Fort Dix Federal Correctional Institution for about a week and already things are looking up for the TV reality “Real Housewives of New Jersey” star. He had five months taken off his sentence already according to Radar Online, March 31, 2016.
Originally, Joe was to serve 41 months in jail, which meant he would be released sometime in August 2019. Now it is looking like his freedom could come as early as March 14, 2019. The early release time is being figured for his “good time” or good behavior. Joe earns 54 days of “good time” for each year that he is sentenced. Of course, if he does something he should not while in prison, they can take away his “good time” days.
While this should be good news for Joe, it is tinged with some uncertainty on his future. Joe faces deportation to his native land, Italy after his release. Joe never applied to become a citizen of the United States and he will face that after he serves time.
Before Joe Giudice surrendered himself to the Fort Dix Federal Correctional Institution, he granted an interview with E! Online and he talked candidly about what his future holds.
“Anything can happen, you know? There is nothing in life that is certain. We will deal with that when I get out.”
The threat of his deportation weighs heavily on his mind and those of his family. His wife Teresa said that they just had to take things one day at a time and try to shield their kids.
Joe and Teresa Giudice have four daughters, Gia 15, Gabriella, 11, Milania 10, and Adriana 6 and although they aren’t told everything, they still know many things.
They know that Joe is going to jail and not going to work for the next couple of years, by simple searches on the internet. They also understand that his time away from home is a lot longer than what their mother had to serve.
Joe said, “They go on computers, they know everything. I mean, my daughter Milania tells me, ‘You’re going away for a lot more months than mommy.’”
It is not certain how much they understand about his possible deportation to Italy though and what it could mean for their family’s future. No matter how much they know, it cannot be easy for any of his daughters.
Joe Giudice had planned on a much earlier release and believed that he would only serve 18 months in jail. However, those plans were smashed when he discovered he is not eligible for the Residential Drug Abuse Program, also known as RDAP.
John Webster, who serves as part of the National Prison and Sentencing Consultants helps white-collar clients get help for drug and/or alcohol abuse. He can get inmates enrolled in helpful programs that will help them stay off their addictions. However, Joe does not qualify for that program because he is not a United States citizen.
“I don’t care if he can prove he did heroin every day. He’s not getting into that program.”
Inmates can apply for the RDAP if they have documents proving they have a problem. The documents allowed include letters from mental health professionals, social workers or a doctor. However, it is a selective program and not everyone who applies will be accepted.
Joe Giudice made certain that everyone knew he had a drinking problem. He admitted to consuming up to two bottles of wine every day. On the series, “Real Housewives of New Jersey, he was arrested for DUI after he crashed his car. Joe told fellow cast members that he was sober that night and it was after he saw the extent of the crash that he started to drink.
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