Teresa Giudice and Prison

TOWACO, NJ - JANUARY 13: RHONJ Teresa Giudice Poses For A Portrait At Her Home on January 13, 2017 in Towaco, New Jersey. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)

The Real Housewives Of New Jersey is poised to return October 4, so we know what that means…press tours for Teresa Giudice! In a recent interview, Teresa touches on the themes that have run her life for the past several years: fraud, prison, and hustling for money.

While Joe Giudice serves his sentence in New Jersey’s Fort Dix Correctional Institution, Teresa is back home trying to earn a buck to support their four daughters. Bravo paychecks, ghost written memoirs, and paid promotional appearances are keeping the family afloat for now – but how long will it last? According to Teresa, it better last a while, because she doesn’t want to depend on Joe for anything ever again!

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As “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” cast member, Teresa Giudice, tries to nestle back into her life, after spending nearly a year in prison on numerous fraud charges, she decided to video herself sharing an uplifting message to all of her supporters.

In typical Teresa fashion, she appeared upbeat and optimistic.  Sporting a completely made up face and a holiday backdrop that featured a towering decorated tree and entryway, Teresa wanted to assure her fans that all was well on the Giudice estate.  “Hi everyone, I’m back! I just want to wish everyone a Happy New Year,” Teresa said in an exclusive video message to Bravo’s The Daily Dish. “It’s gonna be a great 2016. Love, love, love you all.”

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Now that recent ‘get out of jail, free’ card holder Teresa Giudice is back in the bosom of her family after spending nearly a year in lock-down on fraud charges, inquiring minds want to know, has she been gallivanting around town?  Well the Real Housewives of New Jersey star, who is under house arrest, spent intimate time with her four daughters, hubby Joe and extended family members over the holiday and now, she is reportedly trying to get her outside life back on track. 

Whenever Teresa wants to leave her home, she must first have the Bureau of Prisons sign off on the request according to a source who spoke to People Magazine.  “She asks permission to go places.  The probation officer then gives her the parameters of that. He will ask her which stores she is going to and then says, ‘You can go from this time to this time.’ She can go to work, go to the doctor or go see her lawyer – all with the officer’s permission.”  Reportedly, if Teresa needs to travel to New York City for RHONJ, she can, as  long as the trip is work-related.  However, if she wants to travel elsewhere, she’ll have to put the brakes on those plans, until after her house arrest ends on February 5 of next year.

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Teresa Giudice wants the world to know she supports the Supreme Court’s ruling to make same-sex marriage a right nationwide, and she’s taking to Twitter (via Gia) to prove it. “Finally some good news coming out of a court! #Justice&Equality4All #LoveWins,” Tre tweeted Saturday after the landmark ruling was announced June 26.

Teresa’s followers responded with a mix of praise and scorn for the ongoing Twitter activity the Real Housewives of New Jersey star is engaging in from prison. “@Teresa_Giudice prison must not be too bad if you’re tweeting. Must be nice to be a ‘celebrity’ in ‘prison’. u should not have access,” commented one follower. 

But Teresa’s lawyer James Leonard Jr. told E! news recently that “She doesn’t have access to Twitter,” indicating that eldest daughter Gia Giudice had tweeted news from her mom, and may continue to as Teresa serves her 15-month prison sentence. 

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Olive green & gray is the New Black for Real Housewives of New Jersey’s Teresa Giudice, who’s traded borrowed designer dresses for standard-issue prison jumpsuits these past 4 months in the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, Connecticut. Rumors recently surfaced that Teresa was showcasing her “diva-like” behavior while in prison, seeking special treatment and not complying with prison protocol.

Nothing could be further from the truth, says Giudice’s lawyer James J. Leonard Jr. “Any reports that she is behaving like a diva in prison and not getting along with inmates and the staff is 1,000 percent false,” he says. “She is getting along well with everyone – staff, inmates – all the way down the line.”