When Does Joe Giudice Start His Prison Sentence? The Family Is Preparing For Another Big Adjustment

On Jan. 5, 2015, Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice began her prison sentence after pleading guilty to tax fraud. Sentenced for 15 months, her attorney James Leonard, Jr. now reports that Teresa is set to be released from prison on Dec. 23, which will be just in time to celebrate Christmas with her husband, Joe, and their four young daughters. Although she will be out of prison, Teresa will still be on home confinement until Feb. 5. Now that Teresa will be back home and ready to watch the girls, when does Joe Giudice's prison sentence begin?

No matter what, this will be a very trying time for the Giudice family. After watching a few snippets of Joe on the family's special, Teresa Checks In , it was clear that the father of four was stepping up to the plate to take care of his daughters and make sure they were protected during this difficult time. Now that he's had his time to prepare for Teresa's release, there's not too much longer until Joe reports to prison himself — Joe will be turning himself in March.

In October of last year, Joe was sentence to 41 months in prison for 41 counts of fraud. For the sake of their young daughters — Gia, Melania, Audriana, and Gabriella —the judge ruled that they would serve back-to-back sentences, with the family deciding for Teresa to turn herself in first. During an episode of Teresa Checks In, Joe revealed when and where he would be serving his sentence. The family was driving to their vacation home in Manahawkin, when Joe commented on a sign for low security prison Fort Dix, "That's where I'm stationed to go at the end of March... I'm gonna become a military expert."

Before he turns himself in, the family has some catching up to do. Joe opened up to E! News about their holiday plans, saying, "We're probably going to take a trip or two with the family... I'd stay in the states, [maybe] some island close by... We're basically going to keep it small and just chill out. Whatever she wants to do when she comes home."

It seems like Joe is ready to take all responsibility and face the consequences of his actions. As he said on his television special of his sentence, "I'm ready to get it over with and that's it, and move on with my life."