Real Housewife Headed to OITNB Prison

Teresa Giudice's sentence starts Jan. 5
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 23, 2014 8:51 AM CDT
Real Housewife Headed to OITNB Prison
"The Real Housewives of New Jersey" stars Teresa Giudice, 41, and her husband Giuseppe "Joe" Giudice, 43, right, partially obscured, walk out of Martin Luther King, Jr. Courthouse.   (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

When reality TV collides with television based on reality: A judge yesterday said she had been told where Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice will serve her time come Jan. 5, and it's the prison camp facility that inspired Orange Is the New Black, notes the Hollywood Reporter. Piper Kerman, who penned the book that the show is based on, spent a year at Danbury (though the show is set in the nonexistent Litchfield Penitentiary in upstate New York). US District Judge Esther Salas nixed Giudice's attorney's request that the reality TV star serve 12 months of her 15-month sentence at a halfway house, reports the AP.

Radar notes that the Bureau of Prisons, not a judge, makes the decision, and that Giudice will officially be informed of her destination via letter "sometime in December." Assuming Danbury is where she's headed, she'll join more than Kerman among its famous alums: The Reporter notes Lauryn Hill served her tax-evasion sentence there. If she doesn't ultimately get assigned to Danbury, Giudice could end up in this "posh prison," notes Radar. (More Teresa Giudice stories.)

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