This was the first time Teresa, 42, got to see her family since she reported to Danbury, Connecticut's Federal Correctional Institution on Jan. 5, for her 15-month sentence.
A source explained to Us why Joe and the girls did not stop by the location to see Tre last weekend — and it turned out she was the one who nixed the visit. "The girls had significant activities and Teresa didn't want to disrupt anything," the insider told Us.
Meanwhile, one of Giudice's fellow inmates has revealed exclusively in the Jan. 26 issue of Us Weekly how the Real Housewives of New Jersey veteran has been faring behind bars.
"All anyone is talking about is that woman — even the staff," one source told Us of the Bravo-lebrity, who has since become inmate No. 65703-050. The insider added: "The vultures who want to be her bestie were all over her."
Despite the welcome reception from most (but not all) of the inmates, a confidant told Us that a poker-faced Teresa broke down alone on her first night at Danbury. "She cried," the insider said. "As silent as she could."
Still, Teresa received some good news several days after beginning her prison stint. The mom of four will be released from the clinker before Christmas, about two months (54 days to be exact) shy of her 15-month sentence.
During her incarceration, her husband Joe, 42, has been taking care of matters at home with their daughters Gia, 14, Gabriella, 10, Milania, 8, and Audriana, 5. His consecutive sentence for fraud will begin shortly after her anticipated release from prison in mid-December.
For more exclusive details on Teresa's life behind bars — including why some inmates are "very upset" about her treatment — pick up the new issue of Us Weekly.
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