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Teresa Juidice’s First Day in Prison





Yesterday, Teresa Juidice started day one of her fifteen month sentence. Based on my personal experience, she will be shell shocked. Her clothes will be exchanged for the standard prison uniform that all inmates wear everyday. She will be strip searched for drugs and any weapons. Teresa will begin her immersion process into a different world.

Jiudice is now imprisoned at the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, Connecticut. This prison is a minimum security prison for women. It has become well known as the prison that inspired the highly successful, Netflix series, Orange is the New Black. The hit show is based on the memoir by Piper Kerman.

Although the prison is a minimum security facility, it is still a prison. Teresa has started to meet the residents of her new world which is inhabited by inmates and correctional officers. It will be best for her to be friendly, but very cautious for obvious reasons. The other inmates and correctional officers are not her friends. Although the violence factor that exists in male prisons is not common in the women’s institutions, some inmates and guards will have agendas that will not be in her best interests.

Teresa will learn immediately that she will be known to most inmates, but she is not a celebrity reality show star anymore. She is the same as every other inmate in the prison. She will eat the same food, wear the same clothes, and shower with other inmates. As all inmates, Teresa Juidice will have to follow the orders of the correctional officers, even if the commands do not make any sense.

The reality of her new world will have its heaviest impact during her first night, when the doors are locked, and she is no longer with her family. She will lay in her bunk, hearing the noises of her unit, thinking about the road that she chose to travel to this destination.

By: Bradley Schwartz
Founder of Prisonpath.com

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8 Responses to Teresa Juidice’s First Day in Prison

  1. Jay January 6, 2015 at 8:27 pm #

    good luck to her

  2. Jay January 6, 2015 at 8:28 pm #

    Wish her well

  3. PrisonPath January 8, 2015 at 2:14 pm #

    Rev. Darlene J Larocque Barden
    Community Counsellor

    God bless you for the work you are doing in educating people about what really goes on behind closed doors. I have had the privilege of ministering to men and women in chapel services since I was seventeen. I am presently writing my story as a message of hope and redemption to women Nation wide of what God can do in our lives if we only give HIM a chance.

  4. PrisonPath January 8, 2015 at 2:14 pm #

    elizabeth kelley
    Criminal Defense Lawyer, Legal Commentator, Host of “AuthorChats” and “CelebrityCourt”

    Good piece — Prison is still prison, even if it is minimum security — No one will be safer because she is behind bars — This could have been resolved in other ways —

  5. PrisonPath January 8, 2015 at 2:15 pm #

    Jack Donson
    President, MFPC, LLC , Executive Director, Out4good, Director FedCure

    Prison Camps in general are benign environments. Having a plan to “do the time” vs the time doing you is important. If you set short term and long term goals, the time passes faster than you think. I’ve spoke to hundreds of people who indicated many positive things evolved from their time away. People caught up in today’s rat race, will never have that undisturbed time to focus on themselves. It’s all about turning the experience into a positive. 15 months is very manageable.

  6. PrisonPath January 8, 2015 at 2:15 pm #

    Michael Popovici
    Investigator for Criminal Defense and Military Law Investigations

    Brad, Good journalism on the realities of the prison life and the transitioning into it. Thank you.

  7. PrisonPath January 8, 2015 at 2:16 pm #

    Oh, go cry me a WAAAAMMMbulance: Teresa Juidice thought she could get away with fraud because she’s a reality TV star. Her family is damn lucky the judge staggered her & her husband’s sentences to protect their rug-rats.
    By Dan

  8. PrisonPath January 8, 2015 at 2:18 pm #

    I appreciate all of the insightful comments posted about the subject of the article. It’s not really about Teresa, but about the transition for any inmate on the first day of incarceration. It is important to have a plan to “do the time instead of the “time doing you.” Fortunately for Teresa, her imprisonment will be very safe compared to many of the state and local prisons throughout the United States. I still recall a friend in the cell next to mine screaming for help because his bunk mate was shanking him. During the prior week, my friend repeatedly requested the tier officer to move him to another cell.
    By Brad Schwartz
    Founder of prisonpath.com

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