Teresa Giudice’s Mugshot and Release-Day Photo from Danbury Prison (Updated 1/6/2016)
Teresa Giudice’s mugshot above was published on the internet in early January 2015, and I was able to save a copy before it was quickly scrubbed. It must have been leaked by prison staff because federal inmates’ mugshots are considered the property of the federal government and are not made available to the public.
UPDATE 2/9/2016: Teresa confirmed in her prison memoir that the mugshot above is real:
“After I got dressed, it was time for my prison photo shoot. For a moment this reminded me of the many photographs I had posed for in magazines and promos for the show. But here I was getting my mug shot. Me? Getting a mug shot? Oh my God… Someone did end up releasing it to the media later on, but I didn’t care because I thought it was a good picture.”
In the mugshot, Teresa isn’t wearing her usual false eyelashes and heavy makeup, and her hair is a shorter than normal. She has been wearing her hair long for the past few years with the help of extensions.
She was photographed at the 3KT concert at iPlay America in Freehold, New Jersey, on December 26, 2014 (image below), with her long hair, so she was still wearing the extensions a week before her prison surrender date.
Also in the mugshot, Teresa appears to be wearing a necklace, which could be the “necklace with two medals” that her attorney, James L. Leonard, Jr., says he gave to her just before surrendering to prison:
Leonard told PEOPLE magazine that he presented Teresa with a set of rosary beads and a necklace with two medals – one for St. Christopher and one for St. Teresa. “They let her keep all of that,” he says. “She was very happy with that, and she told me she would keep them with her all the time.”
The photos below, published by TMZ, were taken of Teresa at a diner about a mile away from Danbury prison, where she ate before surrendering at 3 AM on January 5, 2015. She reportedly was wearing a black sweat suit. Her hair is these photos matches her hair in mugshot.
UPDATE 1/6/2016: The photo below was taken at Danbury federal prison on December 23, 2015, the day of Teresa’s release. It is clear from the her mugshot, prison photo, and prison-release photo that Teresa wears hair extensions for the show and public appearances.
Teresa will finish out the rest of her sentence, until February 5, 2016, on house arrest. She will be permitted to leave her home for work, doctor’s appointments and court dates. According to a source for RadarOnline:
Teresa “is required to check in daily with the Federal Location Monitoring program that is overseeing her house arrest. The ankle bracelet Teresa must wear until February also gives officials her exact location. While under house arrest, Teresa must be home no later than 9 pm. If she has a work commitment later than that, she must get prior approval.”
UPDATE 4/1/2015: The photo below of Teresa Giudice with Joe and their daughters was taken in the visiting room of Danbury federal prison. The Giudices sold the story and the first photos of Teresa in prison to Us Weekly as an exclusive (daughters Gia and Gabriella were cropped from the tabloid magazine’s cover). If the Giudices didn’t sell photos, the paparazzi or someone else would have done so, and it would have been others making money off the Giudices without any of it going to the family, and it would have been outside of their control. The problem is not that they are selling stories and photos, but that the haven’t used any of their earnings over the past five years to pay off their debts other than the $414,588.90 in restitution that they were ordered to pay toward their Wells Fargo mortgage debt as part of their plea deal (the couple still owes more than $10 million to other creditors). It also rubs many people the wrong way when Joe and Teresa include their children in the photo spreads.
E! News reported on the story:
With her tan fading and her naturally curly hair flowing freely, Teresa puts on a happy face for the camera as her husband shares new details about her life in prison. Teresa puts on a smile for her family, too. “She comes out with her smile, with a little wave,” Joe says.
According to Joe, the girls make nightly phone calls to Teresa and drive 80 miles a week to visit her in Connecticut. “I cry more than the girls,” he says. “I pretty much cry every time I leave. Like a little baby.”
During their six-hour reunions, Teresa, 42, helps her daughters with their homework while the younger ones take turns sitting on her lap. “It’s not a horrible place,” Joe explains. “She never says anything bad.”
While Gia, Gabriella and Milania realize Teresa is in prison, Joe says Audriana “thinks she’s working.”
Incarcerated since Jan. 5, Teresa—AKA Inmate No. 65703-050—begins each day with a 6 a.m. wakeup call. After putting on her khaki uniform, she reports to the cafeteria for breakfast and then hits the gym for the first of three workouts. “She exercises after every meal. It’s like a low-budget spa. They do spin classes, ab classes. She’s getting pretty ripped up,” Joe says, adding that other inmates “give her space.”
“Everyone I encounter—from the inmates to the staff—tell me the Teresa they have come to know is nothing like the Teresa they’ve seen on television,” her attorney, James. J. Leonard Jr., tells Us Weekly.
Teresa has made a “little group of friends,” and they watch TV shows like Empire and Scandal.
“I miss Joe and my girls terribly, but we are going to get through this as a family one day at a time,” Teresa says (through her lawyer). “We will be stronger because of this. Nothing can break us apart.”