01/05/2015 08:48 am ET Updated Jan 05, 2015

Teresa Giudice Begins Prison Sentence

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"Real Housewives of New Jersey" star Teresa Giudice began her 15-month prison sentence this week in Danbury, Connecticut.

Giudice arrived at the Federal Correctional Institution around 2 a.m. Monday with her attorney, James J. Leonard Jr., ABC News reported. She ate at a diner beforehand and arrived ahead of her scheduled reporting time.

Leonard told NorthJersey.com that the arrival "went great." He said Giudice is "very, very strong. Very, what I would say is, very anxious to get this thing started and very anxious to get it behind her. In all of my discussions with her, her singular focus has been on her four children. She's never talked about, what is this gonna be like for me. Always her concern is with her children, not with herself."

On Monday, the reality star's eldest daughter, Gia, tweeted:

The Federal Correctional Institution is the same minimum-security prison where Lauryn Hill served time and the prison that inspired the Netflix series "Orange Is the New Black," E! News noted.

Teresa and her husband Joe Giudice were sentenced for bank and bankruptcy fraud in October. After she finishes her 15-month sentence, he will begin serving his 41-month sentence.

The family spent Christmas together and Gia performed at a holiday concert in New York City with her group, 3KT, according to People magazine. They also went skiing at Crystal Springs Resort and Spa in New Jersey.



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