Frankly, I wasn’t sure he would actually go through with his self-surrender. But he did. Joe Giudice is officially a federal inmate who is probably still going through processing and the famed body cavity search. (No Big Deal, according to Joe.)
Joe’s offbeat attorney, James J. Leonard Jr.issued a press release saying, “Joe Giudice surrendered himself to the Federal Correctional Institution at Fort Dix today at 12 p.m. to begin serving his sentence. His brother, his sister and several other members of the Giudice family, as well as myself, were present when he turned himself in to the prison, including Teresa. It was obviously a very emotional day, but this is a very strong family with a tremendous support system and they will get through this, just as they did when Teresa was away.”
This morning, shortly after Wendy Williams declared that Joe Giudice’s federal placement at Fort Dix today is a “soft prison” the term immediately started being mentioned in comments here. I’ve been doing a lot of research on the prison since he was assigned there. I would not call this a “soft prison” at all, and frankly the camp doesn’t sound any better. So Joe was right when he said his Low Security placement, or simply “Low” as the inmates call it, isn’t much different because the both suck.
There are lots of stories out there but I find the more recent the better when it comes to prison stories. There are sites that discuss the prison conditions and where people discuss the situation of the particular facility that their LOs ( Loved Ones) are in. Last winter was particularly harsh for the people at Fort Dix Low.
The problems included, constant last minute visitation cancellations (causing visitors to be turned away at the gate) , down Internet and phones, frequent lockdowns for smuggled cell phones, one race riot between black and Hispanic inmates over a corner locker that was taken by someone (perhaps new who did not know any better that got up to 100 inmates sent to the SHU (a high security unit that is the ultimate punishment at the facility) and about half of them transferred out to break up the gangs. There was also a case of chicken pox that caused part of the camp side to be quarantined, and a kid from Jacksonville who died after ODing on contraband drugs.
Also, Joe will have to actually DO a job rather than getting the special treatment that Teresa got at Camp Cupcake.
When there are lockdowns are just restrictions placed during the cell phone type incidents, prisoners cannot use their phone time, (Only 300 minutes a month) or email. Everyone just goes radio silent.
Here’s one description from New York Magazine:
Fort Dix is a squat, sprawling Hades of red brick and asphalt. The first year of his incarceration, Davidson wouldn’t allow his two youngest kids, ages 5 and 7, to visit, because neither he nor his wife thought they’d be able to handle seeing the razor wire and surrendering their tiny knapsacks. (No gifts, even food, are allowed in.)
Davidson’s fellow inmates call him “English.” (There’s also a Carolina, a Texas, and a China.) Every day, he rises at 6 and studies Talmud and Jewish ethical works until 10:30, usually in the prison chapel. Then he has lunch if it’s kosher enough to meet his standards, which it usually isn’t. From 12:30 to 3:30, he does his official prison job, tutoring other inmates for the GED. Then he goes back to his unit for “the count” — a tedious procedure in which each inmate is accounted for — opens his mail, and eats dinner. Then he struggles to fill the time until he goes to bed at 1 a.m. “There are half a dozen television rooms,” he explains. “But what you find is a movie on one, and MTV, BET, and basketball on the others. If you want to watch the news, you’re a minority of one.”
Some nights, he goes to the gym. Others, he listens to the radio, which occasionally picks up the BBC. These days, he also works on his appeal, emboldened by recent government disclosures he believes are the exculpatory silver bullets he needs.
“There are men here who say that they can do four years standing on their heads,” he says. “I can’t do four minutes. So I certainly can’t make nine years. It’s stifling.”
I never thought that Joe Giudice would actually be deported, but I have had several conversations with a local attorney who specializes in deportation who informs me that it is highly likely that upon release he will got straight to a deportation facility that is much worse than the federal prison where it takes YEARS for the felon who is an illegal immigrant to be shipped back to their homeland. Only vary rarely does a person in this situation win their case and even when they do it is appealed by the government. Even when they do win, they do years of extra time in the deportation holding facility.