Julie Chrisley ‘going to church and playing card games’ at federal medical center
Julie Chrisley is ‘doing well’ and ‘going to church’ as she begins her prison sentence at Kentucky‘s Federal Medical Center, the star’s daughter Savannah revealed on Tuesday.
Julie’s husband Todd, 53, was sentenced to 12 years in federal prison, while Julie, 50, was given a seven-year sentence, for defrauding banks of more than $30 million from fraudulent loans.
Julie’s stay at the medical prison, however, is apparently not an indication that she is currently receiving any medical treatment. TMZ reported that a source close to the Chrisleys confirmed she is not in need of any medical services at this time.
Speaking on her Unlocked Podcast, Savannah, 25, said: ‘My mom, she’s honestly doing really well, and I know it sounds crazy for me to say that like it’s crazy for me to say, ‘Alright they’re doing really well,’ but they are,”
Keeping busy: Julie Chrisley is ‘doing well’ and ‘going to church’ as she begins her prison sentence at Kentucky’s Federal Medical Center, while husband Todd is working in a prison chapel (pictured 2019)
‘She’s going to church, she’s working, she’s playing some Spades — and when I tell you she’s playing, she’s running a dog on everyone.’
The star added that it makes her ‘heart happy to know that my parents are OK.’
Savannah also gave an update on Todd, who is serving his time at Federal Prison Camp Pensacola in Florida.
She said: ‘He is working in the chapel, which is absolutely amazing, and I could never be more proud of my dad and the man that he is. I get to hear all these people’s stories and how he’s affecting their life and encouraging change.
Adding that he has encouraged his fellow inmates to ‘know Jesus’ – she added: ‘That puts me at peace. It lets me know that they are OK. This isn’t the ideal situation, but we find strength in knowing that this isn’t the end.’
Update: Speaking on her Unlocked Podcast, Savannah, 25, said: ‘My mom, she’s honestly doing really well, and I know it sounds crazy for me to say that like it’s crazy for me to say, ‘Alright they’re doing really well,’ but they are ; seen in 2014 in LA
‘We talk to him, we email him, we get to see him, so for that, I am forever grateful’ – but revealed he had experienced tough days with ‘struggles.’
As well as being able to email his five children, Todd can email Julie, with Savannah saying: ‘That makes me so so so happy. I spoke to my dad on the phone, and he just had tears rolling down his eyes because he got the approval to email my mom.’
She also revealed her parents have made friends in prison which ‘makes the time go by quicker.’
Julie’s facility is described as a medical center with a nearby minimum security prison camp, where, according to a representative of the Bureau of Prisons, Julie will be serving.
It is unclear why Julie’s prison location was swapped at the last minute. She was originally supposed to serve her seven years sentence at the FCI Marianna in Florida, which would have been closer to her husband Todd’s facility.
Prison: She said: ‘He is working in the chapel, which is absolutely amazing, and I could never be more proud of my dad and the man that he is. I get to hear all these people’s stories and how he’s affecting their life and encouraging change’
This comes after Savannah spoke about how she is dealing with her ‘life falling apart’ following her parents’ conviction for multiple charges.
”So for those of you that are familiar with my family and have followed our lives and have also followed my podcast, you know that last week was an extremely difficult week for my family as a whole and for each of us individually,’ Savannah said in the introduction to her latest episode.
‘We kind of had to say goodbye to my parents for a little bit of time, for the foreseeable future,’ she continued. ‘And that was really, really, really tough.’
Despite the tone of her intro, Savannah kept the rest of the episode upbeat as she conducted a bubbly interview with her friend and producer Erin Dugan.
However, in the introduction, which was seemingly recorded after the interview, Savannah shared that she had not ‘filmed a podcast since’ recording her most recent interview on January 12, which happened to be her mother Julie’s 50th birthday.
‘The podcast that is going to be airing today that you’re watching was filmed prior to my life falling apart, so it may seem happy-go-lucky,’ she continued. ‘I think it’s because there was a lot of hope that was had and I wasn’t faced with the reality of the situation.’
Savannah suggested that future episodes would reflect her new life after her parents began their lengthy prison sentences.
Fraudsters: Todd was sentenced to 12 years in federal prison , while Julie was given a seven-year sentence, for defrauding banks of more than $30 million from fraudulent loans, according to the Associated Press; still from Chrisley Knows Best
‘So I just kind of wanted to throw this in there to address that because I know a lot of people are gonna be like, “Whoa, what is this?” And this was kind of pre-life falling apart. And now podcasts that I do going forward will be post. So I hope that kind of helps you understand things,’ she said.
The Chrisley Knows Best star promised that her next episode would be a ‘very intense one-on-one podcast with myself kind of giving an update on where my life’s at.’
Savannah previously revealed that her parents’ prison sentence is altering more than just their lives, as she will now be assuming custody of her brother Grayson, 16, and her niece Chloe, 10.
Chloe is the daughter of Todd’s son Kyle Chrisley — from his marriage to ex-wife Teresa Terry — and Angela Johnson, but she was adopted by Todd and Julie in 2016.
Since they were sentenced to prison, Chloe’s mother has been taking steps to regain custody of her daughter.
‘I’m really looking forward to giving that update because I’ve seen God work in the craziest of circumstances. So until then, I hope you enjoy this week’s podcast,’ Savannah continued in her introduction. ‘Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart for supporting me, my family and Unlocked.’
Punished: Todd and Julie are incarcerated at federal prisons 650 miles apart, with Todd serving his sentence at the Federal Prison Camp in Pensacola, Florida, while Julie is at the Federal Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky; seen in 2014 with Chase Chrisley (L)