On October 2nd, 2014, Real Housewives of New Jersey stars, Teresa and Joe Giudice, were found guilty of engaging in bank, mail, wire, and bankruptcy fraud. Teresa was sentenced to 15 months in prison, and her husband Joe was sentenced to 41 months. Teresa finished her sentence on December 23rd, 2015, and was able to return home to Joe and four children. Joe’s sentence began on March 23rd, 2016.
Currently, Joe is reportedly filing a lawsuit against the U.S. Bureau of Prisons for “improperly denying” him the chance to enroll in the Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP) at his prison, Fort Dix. This program, which is available to other inmates in Fort Dix, could possibly help reduce Joe’s sentence by a year or more. Not only are the RDAP and other programs similar to it offered to other inmates, but these programs were suggested to Joe at his hearing and he was under the impression that he would have freedom to enroll in such programs if he pleased.
Joe, an Italian citizen, is being denied enrollment due to his citizenship. Joe is scheduled to appear at his deportation hearing on March 14th, 2019. Due to this hearing, a detainer was filed against him and he will not be eligible for house arrest on November 11th, 2018, which was the scheduled date of his release for house arrest. This detainer, which is prohibiting him from enrolling into the RDAP, is also denying him the right to challenge his removability from the United States.