Joe Giudice officially began his 41-month prison sentence at FCI Fort Dix in New Jersey on Wednesday, March 23. And now we're getting a better idea of what The Real Housewives of New Jersey dad's life there will look like thanks to details on the facility's official website.
Within 14 days of his arrival at FCI, Joe will undergo a complete medical history review and physical exam. His first month there will feature orientation, which includes academic testing, medical evalutaion, and a mental health review. In an interview with Entertainment Tonight earlier this month, Joe shared that he hoped to live a healthier lifestyle while incarcerated.
On a daily basis, inmates get a 6 a.m. wake-up time, with a room inspection scheduled for 7:30 a.m. Additionally, inmates and their quarters are subject to searches at any time. Mealtime attire is also planned out. At lunch (Monday-Friday) a "khaki uniform, with institutional footwear" is worn. During morning and evening meals, "inmates may wear recreational clothing to the dining area. Clothing will not be mix/matched. When wearing the uniform it must be complete. Line jumping or doubling up on meals will not be tolerated. Inmates must have their Inmate Account Card in their possession in order to enter the dining facility." Lights are out at 11:30 p.m.
Joe will be allowed 15 minutes of maximum phone time daily and a total of 300 phone minutes a month, and phone calls may not be used for any business purposes. As for visitation, visiting hours are 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Monday, Thursday, Fridaym and Saturday, including Federal holidays. There is also a dress code for visitors; visitors aren't allowed to wear anything provocative like see-through, zipper dresses, tight stretch shorts and pants (biker/spandex), halter tops, tank tops, tube tops, skirts/shorts/dresses more than 4 inches above knee, or any khaki-colored clothing worn by inmates. Visitors are searched upon entry into the facility and every inmate is allowed three adults max per visit, unless otherwise approved.
Inside, Joe will be assigned a job by the The Centralized Job Assignment Committee (he will have to keep that job for 180 days before being allowed to request a new one). There are also some creature comforts. Each housing unit has a television, which is available everyday from 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. weeknights and Sunday, and 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday. There are also quiet rooms which can be used for reading, writing, or individual meditation only. Microwaves are also available. They are generally free to use on weekends, as well as 6 a.m. and 7:45 a.m., 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on weekdays.
As it turns out, FCI Fort Dix is not only the temporary home for Joe, but also for The Real Housewives of Atlanta's Apollo Nida. They are among the 4,569 total inmates housed at the facility. Earlier this week Joe seemed confident that he can be out of FCI Fort Dix in as little as 18 months. Following his sentence, there is still a possibility he may be deported back to Italy in connection to conspiracy and bankruptcy fraud charges, which he pled guilty to in 2014.
His wife, Teresa Giudice, who completed her own prison sentence back in December, will return to RHONJ for Season 7 later this year. Check out a preview below.