'RHONJ' star Joe Giudice released from prison after 41-month sentence

Joe Giudice is out of prison -- but he's still not a free man.

The former "Real Housewives of New Jersey" star was released from Allenwood Low Federal Correctional Institution in Allenwood, Pennsylvania, People confirmed on Thursday.

"Mr. Giudice has finished serving his federal prison sentence and was transferred early this morning from the Bureau of Prisons to a facility in western Pennsylvania which houses immigration detainees," James Leonard Jr., Giudice's attorney, said in a statement to People. "His lawyers and his family are hopeful that justice will prevail and Mr. Guidice will return home to his wife and four daughters who love him and miss him."

SEE ALSO: Teresa Giudice reveals she'll leave her husband if he's deported to Italy

Indeed, Giudice was transferred directly to an immigration detention center -- where he'll remain indefinitely until an official deportation ruling -- on Thursday because a judge had ordered that he be deported back to Italy following his 41-month prison sentence for bankruptcy fraud.

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NEWARK, NJ - AUGUST 14: Giuseppe 'Joe' Giudice (L) and wife Teresa Giudice leave court after facing charges of defrauding lenders, illegally obtaining mortgages and other loans as well as allegedly hiding assets and income during a bankruptcy case on August 14, 2013 in Newark, United States. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
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NEWARK, NJ - NOVEMBER 20: Teresa Giudice (R) and her husband Giuseppe 'Joe' Giudice leave Newark federal court on November 20, 2013 in Newark, New Jersey. The two of the stars of the Bravo television show 'The Real Housewives of New Jersey' are appearing in court to face additional charges of bank fraud and loan application fraud in addition to original charges of defrauding lenders, illegally obtaining mortgages and other loans as well as allegedly hiding assets and income during a bankruptcy case. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
NEWARK, NJ - AUGUST 14: Giuseppe 'Joe' Giudice (L) and wife Teresa Giudice leave court after facing charges of defrauding lenders, illegally obtaining mortgages and other loans as well as allegedly hiding assets and income during a bankruptcy case on August 14, 2013 in Newark, United States. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
NEWARK, NJ - NOVEMBER 20: Giuseppe 'Joe' Giudice (R) and wife Teresa Giudice arrive to Newark federal court on November 20, 2013 in Newark, New Jersey. The two of the stars of the Bravo television show 'The Real Housewives of New Jersey' are appearing in court to face additional charges of bank fraud and loan application fraud in addition to original charges of defrauding lenders, illegally obtaining mortgages and other loans as well as allegedly hiding assets and income during a bankruptcy case. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
FREEHOLD, NJ - DECEMBER 26: Teresa Giudice, Gia Giudice and Joe Giudice pose at iPlay America on December 26, 2014 in Freehold, New Jersey. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)
PARSIPPANY, NJ - JULY 13: Joe Giudice and Teresa Giudice attends the 'Real Housewives Of New Jersey' Season Six Premiere Party on July 13, 2014 in Parsippany, New Jersey. (Photo by Manny Carabel/Getty Images)
PLAINFIELD, NJ - MARCH 01: Joe Giudice and Teresa Giudice attend the Fabellini Bottle Signing and Tasting at Costco on March 1, 2014 in Plainfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Bobby Bank/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 09: Joe Giudice and Teresa Giudice attend the OK! TV Launch Celebration at Lavo on September 9, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, FL - AUGUST 10: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Teresa Giudice and Joe Giudice host Absolutely Fabulous held at The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino at Pangaea Lounge on August 10, 2013 in Hollywood, Florida. (Photo by Larry Marano/WireImage for Pangaea Lounge)
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - JUNE 21: Teresa Giudice and her husband Joe Giudice greets fans and signs copies of 'Fabulicious On The Grill' at Books and Books at Museum of Art on June 21, 2013 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (Photo by Vallery Jean/FilmMagic)
CORAL GABLES, FL - JUNE 20: Teresa Giudice and Joe Giudice signs copies of her book 'Fabulicious on the Grill' at Books and Books on June 20, 2013 in Coral Gables, Florida. (Photo by Vallery Jean/FilmMagic)
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - MARCH 04: Teresa Giudice, Audriana Giudice and Joe Giudice pose at Majestic Resort on March 4, 2013 in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - MARCH 03: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Teresa Giudice and Joe Giudice at the Majestic Resort in Punta Cana on March 3, 2013 in UNSPECIFIED, Dominican Republic. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)
HAWTHORNE, NJ - DECEMBER 03: Teresa Giudice and Joe Giudice attend the Posche Fashion show at The Bottagra on December 3, 2012 in Hawthorne, New Jersey. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)
TOWACO, NJ - JULY 13: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Teresa Giudice and Joe Giudice pose at a Teresa Giudice Family Portrait Session on July 13, 2012 in Towaco, New Jersey. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)
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PLAINVIEW, NY - JANUARY 14: Television personalities Teresa Giudice and Joe Giudice attend the Experience Italy Benefit For Harboring Hearts at Ferrari Maserati Of Long Island on January 14, 2012 in Plainview, New York. (Photo by Steven A Henry/Getty Images)
VERONA, NJ - JULY 27: Joe Giudice and Teresa Giudice promote 'Fabulicious' at DiPaolo Bakery on July 27, 2011 in Verona, New Jersey. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)
MIAMI BEACH, FL - MAY 21: Joe Giudice and Teresa Giudice attend the book signing for Teresa Giudice's new cookbook Fabulicious!:Teresa's Italian Family Cookbook at Books and Books on May 21, 2011 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Olivia Salazar/WireImage)
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Though he grew up in the United States, he never officially became an American citizen. Under the law, he can be deported because he was convicted of "a crime of moral turpitude." He's currently appealing the deportation ruling.

Joe's sentence followed his wife, original "RHONJ" cast member Teresa Giudice's, 11-month sentence that ended in December 2015. Joe started his prison stint in March 2016.

On the season 9 reunion of "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" that aired earlier this month, Teresa confirmed for the first time that she'll split from her husband if he is indeed deported back to Italy, citing their four daughters' best interests as the reason behind her decision.

SEE ALSO: Teresa Giudice seen without her wedding ring 

"Unless my kids say, 'Mommy, I want to move to Italy,'" Giudice explained. "Gia's going to college next year; I haven't spoken to Milania or Audriana about it, we haven't gotten there yet; and Gabriella already voiced her opinion to me. She was like, 'That would be so hard for me, Mommy.' She doesn't speak the language. She's like, 'That would kill me even more.'"

"I'm not doing a long-distance relationship," Giudice added. "I'm not doing it. You know, I want somebody with me every day. I know exactly what happens. You know, I'm sure he'll be with other women. It happens. We do the long-distance thing, it's not going to work. I'd be like, 'Bye, bye!'"

Teresa and Joe Giudice share daughters Gia, 18, Gabriella, 14, Milania, 12, and Audriana, 9. They've been married since 1999.

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NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 06: Television personality Teresa Giudice is seen leaving 'Good Morning America' on November 6, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 05: Sonja Morgan, Teresa Giudice, Kalliope Barlis, Noel Elie and Dolores Catania attend Phobia Relief Day on November 5, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Sylvain Gaboury/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 05: Teresa Giudice attends Phobia Relief Day on November 5, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Sylvain Gaboury/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 30: Television personality Teresa Giudice attends a Jimmy DeLaurentis meet-and-greet at the World Market Center on July 30, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Gabe Ginsberg/Getty Images)
MEDFORD, NJ - JUNE 09: Teresa Giudice competes in the Bikini Division of the NPC South Jersey Bodybuilding Championships on June 9, 2018 in Medford, New Jersey. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)
MEDFORD, NJ - JUNE 09: Teresa Giudice competes in the Bikini Division of the NPC South Jersey Bodybuilding Championships on June 9, 2018 in Medford, New Jersey. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)
LITTLE FALLS, NJ - JUNE 07: Teresa Giudice poses for a photoshoot before her first bodybuilding competition that was 2 days later. She competed in the 2018 NPC South Jersey Championships in the Bikini Division. She placed 3rd in the bikini division in the show. The photoshoot was on June 7, 2018 in Little Falls, New Jersey. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)
BIMINI, BAHAMAS - MAY 05: (Images off Embargo 9.24.2018, Exclusive Coverage) Teresa Giudice, Margaret Josephs, Danielle Staub, and Melissa Gorga posing at Danielle's wedding on May 5, 2018 in Bimini, Bahamas. (Photo by Rodrigo Varela/Getty Images)
THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW JERSEY -- 'Wives And Misdemeanors' Episode 901 -- Pictured: (l-r) Melissa Gorga, Teresa Giudice, Margaret Josephs -- (Photo by: Greg Endries/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 22: Teresa Giudice attends WE tv Launches Bridezillas Museum Of Natural Hysteria on February 22, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for WE tv)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 25: Teresa Giudice attends 'The Morning Breath' at Build Studio on January 25, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jenny Anderson/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 08: Teresa Giudice attends the Z100's Jingle Ball 2017 - GIFTING LOUNGE on December 8, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 07: TV personality Teresa Giudice attends 'Sleigh' A Toys for Tots Event and Meet & Greet at Valanni on December 7, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 24: Teresa Giudice attends her book signing for 'Standing Strong' at Barnes & Noble at The Grove on October 24, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 03: Television personalities Dolores Catania, Siggy Flicker and Teresa Giudice visit 'Extra' at H&M Times Square on October 3, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by J. Kempin/Getty Images for Extra)
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EAST HANOVER, NJ - MAY 18: Teresa Giudice attends the Gorga's Homemade Pasta & Pizza Grand Opening on May 18, 2017 in East Hanover, New Jersey. (Photo by Paul Zimmerman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 15: TV personality Teresa Giudice attend the Rookie USA Fashion Show during New York Fashion Week at Skylight Clarkson Sq on February 15, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for Haddad)
TOWACO, NJ - JANUARY 13: RHONJ Teresa Giudice Poses For A Portrait At Her Home on January 13, 2017 in Towaco, New Jersey. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 07: Melissa Gorga and Teresa Giudice attend the Hetrick-Martin Institute's 30th Annual Emery Awards: Help Me Imagine at Cipriani Wall Street on December 7, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jared Siskin/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
BROOKLYN, NY - NOVEMBER 09: (L-R) Audriana Giudice, Milania Giudice, Gabriella Giudice, and Teresa Giudice attend BKLYN Rocks presented by City Point, Kids Foot Locker, and Haddad Brands at City Point on November 9, 2016 in Brooklyn, New York. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for City Point)
BROOKLYN, NY - NOVEMBER 09: TV Personality Teresa Giudice attends BKLYN Rocks presented by City Point, Kids Foot Locker, and Haddad Brands at City Point on November 9, 2016 in Brooklyn, New York. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for City Point)
POMPANO BEACH, FL - NOVEMBER 04: Teresa Giudice hosts Inance Grand Opening Party on November 4, 2016 in Pompano Beach, Florida. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images)
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MONTCLAIR, NJ - OCTOBER 27: Teresa Giudice arrives at the Fresco Da Franco Halloween Ball at Fresco Restaurant on October 27, 2016 in Montclair, New Jersey. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)
UNCASVILLE, CT - OCTOBER 15: Melissa Gorga and Teresa Giudice walk the red carpet before the Ballroom After Party with Chrissy Teigen and LL Cool J for Mohegan Sun�s 20th Anniversary at Mohegan Sun on October 15, 2016 in Uncasville, Connecticut. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Mohegan Sun)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 25: Teresa Giudice attends the Star's Scene Stealers event at Kola House on October 25, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by CJ Rivera/Getty Images)
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