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Teresa Giudice posts series of sad photos during Joe's first day in prison

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Joe Giudice's prison sentence is taking an emotional toll on the family, but his sentence isn't as grueling as you think

Joe Giudice started his 41-month prison sentence for fraud charges on Wednesday, and perhaps one of the hardest parts of being behind bars is the fact that he'll be away from his wife, Teresa, and four daughters for such a lengthy amount of time.

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It's obviously a very emotional time for the family, and Teresa recently took to Instagram to share a series of pictures of Joe. In one, she shared a photo of herself and her husband smiling into the camera, which she captioned with a simple, "The Love of my Life."

The Love of my Life

A photo posted by Teresa Giudice (@teresagiudice) on

She also shared a heartwarming image of Joe and their four daughters, Gia, 15, Gabriella, 11, Milania, 10, and Audriana, and another shot of the entire family.

Daddy's Girls

A photo posted by Teresa Giudice (@teresagiudice) on

My Beautiful Family

A photo posted by Teresa Giudice (@teresagiudice) on

It's clear the family is going through a very hard time, and saying goodbye to Joe must have been unimaginably hard, but Teresa has the support of her friends, family and fans, and she took to Twitter to thank everyone for it.

As for Joe, he has already released a statement from behind bars in the Federal Correctional Institute, Fort Dix, in New Jersey. But what can he really expect his time in prison to be like?

Giudice previously brushed off the low-security prison as "not a big deal," saying during an interview with People magazine, "They tell me that the low security and the camp there are almost the same, so it's no big deal."

But a former Fort Dix employee has since revealed to Us Weekly exactly what Giudice can expect while incarcerated.

Giudice would initially be searched and undergo a special scan for "anything metal internally," the source told the publication. He will then be placed "into a special housing unit for a day or two until he is medically cleared, and then will likely be assigned to the minimum security camp."

Giudice may share his quarters with about 200 other inmates, but if he is not placed in the camp, then he will either be in a low- or medium-security housing unit, where, according to the source, "there are 12 to 18 inmates in a room."

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If this is to be Giudice's new home, then he, "won't be watched if he goes to the bathroom or showers."

Giudice will be able to spend $300 a month, once a week, at the commissary on items such as shampoo and deodorant. And when it comes to food, it's not really that bad.

"The food isn't bad," the former employee revealed. "A lot of chicken, vegetables, a salad bar and even some desserts, depending on the day of the week."

He will also have visiting hours during business hours and will be able to spend "300 minutes of phone time per month and has to pay by the minute."

That's not all. According to the source, "He will also have access to rudimentary email … but can't go on the Internet."

Perhaps Joe was right? Not that anyone would ever want to trade places with him, but his time behind bars doesn't sound like it'll be too grueling.

Is this what you pictured when you imagined Joe Giudice's prison sentence? Do you think he will have a tough time behind bars? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.

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