New Details of Joe Giudice's Life in Prison

The reality star will spend the next three years behind bars.

ByLesley Messer
March 31, 2016, 3:08 AM

— -- A week after Joe Giudice reported to Federal Correction Institute Fort Dix, he's begun to settle into his new, highly-regimented routine.

According to the Federal Bureau of Prisons handbook for FCI Fort Dix -- located in central New Jersey, about 30 miles east of Philadelphia -- the reality TV star's 41-month sentence will be spent abiding by a host of rules.

And no, his celebrity won't have an impact on his treatment by fellow inmates, a representative for the Federal Bureau of Prisons, which operates the low security facility, told ABC News.

"It is the mission of the Federal Bureau of Prisons to protect society by confining offenders in the controlled environments of prisons and community-based facilities that are safe, humane, cost-efficient, and appropriately secure, and that provide work and other self-improvement opportunities to assist offenders in becoming law-abiding citizens," the rep wrote in an email.

Giudice and his wife Teresa, both of whom appeared on Bravo's "Real Housewives of New Jersey," pleaded guilty to tax fraud in 2014 and were sentenced to prison time. Teresa served 11 months and was released in December. Their sentences were staggered in the interest of their four daughters, Gabriella, 11; Audriana, 6; Gia, 15 and Milania, 10.

Now behind bars, Giudice, 43, almost certainly has at least one roommate. FCI Ft. Dix is mostly comprised of 12-man and two-man living quarters, though the rep declined to elaborate on the reality star's specific living arrangement. Wake-up for the inmates is at 6 a.m., which is also when breakfast is served. On weekends and holidays, there's a coffee hour that begins at 6:30 a.m., and then brunch is served at 10 a.m. in lieu of lunch. During the week, lunch is served at 11 a.m. and dinner at 4 p.m. A typical lunch would include baked fish with macaroni salad and green peas, and dinner might be chicken fried rice with steamed broccoli and bread. There are also snacks available for purchase in the commissary, including macaroni and cheese, granola bars, chips and cookies.

"The Food Service Department provides nutritious and appealing meals, served in adequate quantity, in accordance with the national menu," reads the Federal Bureau of Prisons handbook. "All meals served are intended to meet the basic needs and desires of the general population."

During the day, each inmate is expected to wear a uniform and work at an assigned job. Recreational or athletic clothing can be worn when inmates are off-duty, and shirts are always required unless an inmate is in bed.

"Whatever clothing is worn, must be tucked in," the handbook reads. "You are not permitted to mix and match uniform and athletic or recreational clothing, (For example; the uniform shirt cannot be worn with recreational clothing or vice versa). The only exception is that athletic footwear is allowed with the uniform during evenings and weekends when inmates are not assigned to work or visiting."

Giudice will be able to see his family regularly, should they choose to make frequent visits. At FCI Ft. Dix, visiting hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Sunday, Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, including federal holidays. And though he won't have access to the Internet inside, he will have 300 hours of available phone time each month, though each call is limited to 15 minutes.

He can also keep up with "The Real Housewives" if he wants to, as he will have access to a TV, and Bravo is one of the available channels. Filming in the prison might be tricky though, as tape recorders and recording equipment is prohibited.

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