Teresa Giudice may be placed on house arrest after she completes her 15-month prison term. Although it has yet to be confirmed, the Real Housewives of New Jersey star could face a couple of different options when she finishes her sentence.
On January 12, Cross Map reported the following.
“The Real Housewives star’s current legal team explained that when Giudice started her sentence, she was up for the possibility of an early release. In these circumstances that are considered normal for light offenses, the person serves 85 percent of the term. You then serve the rest of the sentence either in a halfway house or in home confinement, or house arrest. In the case of Giudice, that 85 percent is around 12 and ¾ months, so she gets to serve the remaining 2 months or so outside of the facility.”
Teresa Giudice was sentenced to 15-months in prison after she and her husband, Joe, plead guilty to a slew of fraud charges, including bank fraud and wire fraud. On January 5, Giudice began serving her term.
Days later, as the Inquisitr reported, Wendy Feldman revealed why her former client had received a release date of February 5, 2016.
“After you are given more than a year, you are automatically going to a halfway house in our federal system,” Feldman told Page Six. “It’s supposed to be 10 percent of your time [sentenced], so 10 percent of 15 months.”
Once Giudice enters a halfway house, according to Feldman, she won’t have much time before she is free to return home and get back to her normal life.
“Normally one doesn’t stay there the entire 10 percent. You stay there, you get acclimated, then they send you home. But the Bureau of Prisons is still in charge of you.”
As for how things are calculated when it comes to when Teresa Giudice will go home, Feldman said it will be a progression of credits given to the star, as long as she doesn’t get into trouble behind bars.
“You get 15 percent credit for good behavior, assuming she has it. It’ll start to sink in in about six months, the computer will actually give her a credit, and then in about nine months it will do another calculation.”
Four days into Giudice’s sentence, her lawyer, James Leonard Jr., spoke to E! News, revealing she was adjusting to life behind bars just fine.
“[Teresa Giudice] wrote that she’s doing fine and getting along with everyone,” he said. “Everyone’s been kind and respectful to her, both inmates and staff. She’s doing well.”
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