‘RHONJ’: Where Did Teresa Giudice’s Husband Joe Giudice Serve His Time in Prison?

Joe Giudice’s time in prison is coming to an end, but he won’t be heading back home when he finishes his sentence on March 14. Instead, he’ll be immediately detained by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Radar Online reported, and will eventually be deported to his native Italy.

Where did Giudice serve his prison sentence?

Joe Giudice
Joe Giudice | Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

Both Teresa and Joe Giudice were sentenced in October 2014 for fraud and tax evasion. Teresa served 11 months in prison and was released in December 2015. Her husband began his 41-month sentence in March 2016.

Giuseppe “Joe” Giudice began his sentence at the Federal Correctional Institution at Fort Dix in New Jersey. While at FCI Fort Dix, he said an ICE detainer meant he was unable to participate in an alcohol-abuse program that could trim time from his sentence, the Courier Post reported in 2017, since inmates at Fort Dix were not allowed to appear before immigration judges.

Eventually, Giudice was briefly transferred to the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, New York. From there, he was moved to his current location, FCI Allenwood, a low-security prison in Allenwood, Pennsylvania, where he was able to get an immigration hearing.

Inside FCI Allenwood

FCI Allenwood houses more than 1,300 male inmates and is located about 75 miles north of Harrisburg. Prisoners might work in the on-site dimensional mill doing assembly, sanding, shipping, clerical tasks, and other duties. Pay ranges from $0.23 to $1.35 an hour.

Inmates can shop at the commissary once per week, where they can purchase items like stamps, soda, ice cream, snacks, condiments, personal care products, over-the-counter medications, clothing, stationery, and electronics like MP3 players and radios. There is a library that contains legal books and other reading material as well as a gym and weight room.

The prison also offers a number of programs to keep inmate occupied, including ceramics, painting, crochet, music classes, an athletic league, and wellness programs like step aerobics and yoga.

What’s next for Joe Giudice?

Teresa and Joe Giudice
Teresa Giudice and Joe Giudice leave court in 2014 | Mike Coppola/Getty Images

Giudice’s will complete his sentence at FCI Allenwood on March 14. At that point, he’ll be handed over to ICE and taken to a detention center.

“ICE expects the Bureau of Prisons Allenwood Low Federal Correctional Institution to honor our detainer, and Mr. Guidice will be taken into ICE custody,” an ICE official told Radar Online.

Giudice is currently appealing his deportation order, a process that could take up to a year, according to Page Six. He was brought to the U.S. from Saronno, Italy, as a 1-year-old by his parents and has lived nearly his entire life in this country. However, he never became a U.S. citize.

Now that he’s been convicted of a felony, the government can deport him, despite his strong family ties to the United States. (Giudice’s parents eventually became U.S. citizens, and he has four daughters with Teresa.) Edward Shulman, an immigration attorney, told US Weekly in October that fighting deportation would be difficult.

“I do not think Joe can win in appeals court,” he said. “A person who is convicted of fraud like this and an aggravated felony conviction is very hard to get around.” 

“Joe is not an illegal alien. He has a green card, but a green card is a privilege, not a right,” the lawyer added. “If someone has been here since they were 1 day old, it does not matter if they have also committed an aggravated felony.”

Teresa Giudice has said she would divorce her husband if he is sent back to Italy.

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