On Wednesday, The Real Housewives of New Jersey star Joe Giudice surrendered himself to police and began his 41-month prison sentence at the Federal Correctional Institution in Fort Dix, New Jersey. Joe began his sentence a few months after his wife, Teresa Giudice, completed her 11-month stay at the Danbury, Connecticut, Federal Correctional Institution. And it kind of goes without saying that the length of their prison time and the locations of their prisons won't be the only differences between Joe and Teresa's stints in prison.
Here are seven ways Joe's prison experience will differ from Teresa's.
To say that Teresa totally learned her lesson might be a bit of an overstatement, but at this point, it's safe to assume that Joe will heed any messages even less. As the couple's ordeal progressed in the media, Teresa slowly started showing a little humility and acting like she deserved what was coming to her. Joe, on the other hand, not so much. He seemed to maintain his "eff it" attitude, giving an IDGAF vibe in every interview he did.
OK, maybe he will, but come on. Who would read it? The fact that Teresa kept a diary while in prison with the intention of writing a book when she came out likely gave her a purpose and something to do each day. Hopefully, Joe will manage to find a similar purpose in something else while he's away.
Let's be honest, Joe can act with a bit of bravado and machismo at times. Odds are, once he's in prison, he'll see that he's not so tough after all. Teresa may have a rough streak, but on numerous occasions, she admitted to being scared to go to prison.
Unfortunately for his family, Joe will be in prison for almost four years. That makes Teresa's just-shy-of-a-year stint look like nothing. Of course, when Teresa was away, she missed birthdays and holidays, but for the most part, everything and everyone was the same when she came out. Joe's eldest daughter, Gia, is 15 right now. When Joe's released, she'll be 19 — that's a big difference. She'll be driving and probably off to college. So sad that they won't be together for those special milestones.
Joe wasn't shy about admitting that he had a bit of a drinking problem. Before heading off to prison, he told People that he was actually looking forward to not being able to drink while he's in prison. "I'm looking at it like rehabilitation for me," he said. "I am not going to be able to drink for a while, which is good because I don't even know when it's been since I haven't had a drink. It's been a long time. Definitely the whole year, I definitely drank every day [a] couple bottles at night just to go to bed." Hopefully, Joe won't feel the same dependency on alcohol when he gets out.
Without question, it will be hard for Teresa and her daughters to be without Joe for so long. But the couple has admitted on numerous occasions that Teresa has always been the primary caretaker of the children. Now that she's back in charge, the girls' routines and schedules will likely be as they always were.
A few times during their case, it was brought up that there was a chance that Joe could be deported after he was released from prison, since he's not a U.S. citizen. It's a long time off and hard to say what will happen, but Joe, evidently, isn't worried. "I'm not even worried about that as far as that goes," he told People recently. "That, we'll worry about when I get out."
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