Reality TV personality Todd Chrisley, known for his role in “Chrisley Knows Best,” has revealed a profound belief that his time behind bars is part of a divine plan to assist fellow inmates.
Amid reports of alleged mistreatment he’s suffering, Todd remains resolute in his faith and commitment to making a positive impact within the prison walls.
In November, Todd and his wife, Julie, were convicted of financial crimes bordering bank fraud and tax evasion. His initial 12-year sentence was recently reduced by two years, while Julie got one year off her 7-year sentence.
Todd Chrisley Believes His Time In Jail Is To Help Other Inmates
According to TMZ, Todd, who entered federal custody in 2022 for charges related to tax evasion, reportedly has his perspective on his incarceration realigned, emphasizing that he sees it as a calling from God.
This paradigm shift for the Chrisley patriarch is said to be the reason he is doing all he can to improve prison conditions from the inside, with plans to leverage his time, energy, and resources. Todd’s attorney, Jay Surgent, revealed that he’s putting plans in place to launch programs and initiatives that will help address the problem and make prison life more tolerable for other inmates.
According to the news outlet, he feels “blessed to have a platform where he can cast light on the issues he and other inmates face daily” at FPC Pensacola in Florida.
Allegedly subjected to cruel conditions, the reality star is seemingly not allowing these challenges to deter him from his newfound mission.
He Is Teaching Financial Classes In Prison
Todd has reportedly taken on the role of a financial educator within the prison walls. His daughter, Savannah, revealed on a recent episode of her “Unlocked with Savannah Chrisley” podcast that he is teaching financial classes in a bid to reduce his sentence, demonstrating an unexpected commitment to personal growth and community service.
“Trauma is one of them. I think another one was a financial class, which, how ironic?” Savannah said of her father, per Entertainment Weekly.
Savannah went on to reveal that her mom, Julie, is also teaching other inmates amid her incarceration.
“[She] taught a real estate class, she’s got all these certificates from teaching and completing classes and all these things. Overachiever Julie is… always been,” Savannah noted.
According to the news outlet, Savannah divulged that her parents are going down this lane to reduce their prison sentences via the First Step Act, which is an Act that allows imprisoned individuals to reduce their sentences by acquiring credits as they take and teach educational and vocational courses.
Todd and Julie Chrisley’s Sentences Reduced
In a recent development, Todd and Julie have seen a glimmer of hope as their prison sentences were reportedly reduced. Todd’s original 12-year sentence has been shortened to 10 years, while Julie, facing a 7-year term, received a one-year reduction, marking a significant turn of events for the embattled couple.
According to Page Six, Todd’s new release date from the Federal Prison Camp Pensacola is now scheduled for Jan. 22, 2033 — which is two years shy of his 12 years, while Julie’s scheduled release from the Federal Medical Center Lexington is now Oct. 19, 2028, which is 14 months short of her seven years.
“Without a doubt, Todd and Julie are model incarcerated individuals who received exorbitant sentences. I believe Todd is down to 10 years, and Julie is now at five years,” their attorney, Jay Surgent, shared.
Todd Chrisley Suffers Maltreatment In Prison
Reports of Todd facing harsh treatment within the prison system surfaced some months ago, with allegations that he’s been maligned because of his celebrity status, per TMZ.
At the time, he also revealed that he wasn’t getting any mail, expressing his belief that they may have been destroyed. His living condition was reportedly nothing to write home about as the place is plagued by bad plumbing, possible mold, and terrible heat.
The Chrisleys’ attorney, Surgent, told the news outlet that Todd has encountered “gross negligence and such total disregard for human life and decency from both the staff and just the entire corrections system” while at FPC Pensacola in Florida.
A rep for the Federal Bureau of Prisons who spoke with the news outlet has since denied the allegations, saying, “While we decline to comment on anecdotal allegations, we can emphatically assure you the Federal Bureau of Prisons (FBOP) is committed to ensuring the safety and security of all individuals in our population, our staff, and the public. Humane treatment of the men and women in our custody is a top priority.”