Juicy Joe just wants help. Joe Giudice is reportedly claiming that Fort Dix Correctional Institution — the prison in which he’s currently serving a 41-month sentence for mail and wire fraud, bankruptcy fraud, and failure to file tax returns — won’t allow him to participate in an alcohol treatment program provided at the jail.
Radar Online reports that Joe, 45 — who’s married to Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice — filed a suit against the US Bureau of Prisons for “improperly denying” him access to programs that could help him reduce his sentence by more than a year. According to United States District Court documents obtained by Radar, Joe was eligible for house arrest on Nov. 11, 2018, but a detainer was filed against him since the Italian-born business man (who never obtained citizen status in the U.S.) is scheduled for a deportation hearing on March 14, 2019.
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Because he is currently under a detainer, he is allegedly unable to join Fort Dix’s Residential Drug Abuse program. Before entering prison, a judge encouraged Joe to seek some type of treatment in jail since his wife, Teresa, 45, previously suggested that her husband had a drinking problem.
“Mr. Giudice, a lawful permanent resident, is being improperly denied admission into the RDAP [Residential Drug Abuse] program, as he is not an ‘immigration and customs enforcement detainee,’” the papers read. “The ICE detainer is unsigned and improperly executed.”
The documents continued, “ICE’S placement of a detainer on him has deprived him of all programs afforded to other inmates at Ft. Dix without giving Mr. Giudice a chance to challenge his removability from the United States. He will not be able to fight removal until 2019.”
According to the Federal Bureau of Prisons inmate database, Joe will be released on March 14, 2019, and his sentence will officially conclude on Aug. 21, 2019. For her part, Teresa — who was also found guilty of fraud — was incarcerated for nearly a year, and was released from prison in December 2015.