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Todd Chrisley breaks his silence from jail to reveal an inmate sent photo of him sleeping to his daughter demanding $2,600 to protect him – as he moans about rotten food, rats and a dead CAT in the squalid Florida prison

Reality TV star Todd Chrisley claims he’s been targeted in a prison with abysmal conditions as he continues to serve time for committing tax evasion and bank fraud.

He and his wife Julie, who shot to fame on the reality series Chrisley Knows Best, were both sentenced to prison last year. 

Speaking to Chris Cuomo on Friday in his first interview from prison, Chrisley was disgusted with his treatment by the guards at the Federal Prison Camp in Pensacola, Florida 

He said that at one point someone sent a photo of him while he was sleeping and sent it to his daughter, demanding $2,600 a month for his protection. 

‘There are recordings of staff members here talking about “he needs to be humbled,”‘ Chrisley added. ‘What we need to do is we need to put him in diesel therapy and put him in shackles and let him ride around the country, and then bring him back a and that will humble him.’ 

Reality TV star Todd Chrisley claims he's been targeted in a prison with abysmal conditions as he continues to serve time for committing tax evasion and bank fraud

Reality TV star Todd Chrisley claims he’s been targeted in a prison with abysmal conditions as he continues to serve time for committing tax evasion and bank fraud

He also noted that he has not been allowed to verbally communicate with his wife Julie.

‘It’s devastating. You know she and I email four or five times a day, but they will hold my emails and hold them on her end as well as a way of punishment to us because of what Savannah is doing,’ he said.

‘So if I write her an email today, if I write her three or four, if I work out and then go to the computer and send all my kids an email every morning, their current emails, just say I love you, just stay strong, God’s got us, whatever we say. And anyone else’s emails will go through within two hours. You may not get mine for five days later.’

The physical living conditions for Chrisley are not that much better, with Todd claiming he only eats what he makes for himself at the commissary. 

‘It is so disgustingly filthy. The food is literally, I’m not exaggerating this…the food is dated, it’s out of date, at minimum a year.’ 

‘It’s a year past expiration, and they are literally starving these men to death here. These men are getting…I don’t know that they’re getting 1000 calories a day.’ 

He said that everything from rats to squirrels to dead cats have been found in the food storage facility.  

Chrisley then claimed the media was not being allowed to see him and get a full account of his living conditions.

Chrisley also noted that he has not been allowed to verbally communicate with his wife Julie

Chrisley also noted that he has not been allowed to verbally communicate with his wife Julie

‘They don’t want you in here where you can see what’s really going on.’

He said, however, that he will perservere for the remainder of his sentence.

‘I’m not going to let the federal government break my faith. I’m not, they wanted to destroy our family,’ he said.

The Chrisleys began their prison stints this January after being convicted of tax fraud, bank fraud and conspiracy to defraud the United States – but they have both had their sentences reduced since then. 

Todd’s 12-year-sentence was shortened to 10 years, making his expected release date in early 2033. Meanwhile, Julie’s seven-year-sentence was reduced to 14 months, resulting in a 2028 release date.

Todd's attorney has told TMZ about his client's distress at the prospect of spending the festive season away from his loved ones

Todd’s attorney has told TMZ about his client’s distress at the prospect of spending the festive season away from his loved ones

Todd and Julie will, however, both get visits from their daughter Savannah, and Todd will be provided with a Thanksgiving dinner in his Florida prison camp. 

While languishing behind bars, Todd is said to perceive himself as being on a divine mission and has been offering personal guidance to other inmates.

His attorney has revealed Todd is scheduled to be back in court in March, at which point his lawyers will once again attempt to get his conviction overturned. 

News of Todd’s holiday angst comes nearly two weeks after his granddaughter Chloe Chrisley celebrated her 11th birthday with him and Julie in jail.

The couple adopted Chloe in 2017, having taken her in as her father Kyle Chrisley – Todd and Julie’s son – battled addiction.

Now Chloe, who refers to her criminal grandparents as ‘Mom’ and ‘Dad,’ has been left ringing in her big day without them.

In an emotional Instagram post, Savannah revealed that Chloe marked the occasion by saying: ‘the only thing that would make this better is if mom and dad were here… I can’t wait until I’m 13 or 14 because maybe mom will at least be home.’

‘What a freaking dagger that was…’ Savannah reflected: ‘today is so bittersweet… but I have to remember that God has a bigger plan in store for us all!’ 

Chloe Chrisley celebrated her 11th birthday on Friday, as her grandparents Todd and Julie Chrisley languished behind bars for fraud

Chloe Chrisley celebrated her 11th birthday on Friday, as her grandparents Todd and Julie Chrisley languished behind bars for fraud

The couple officially adopted Chloe in 2017, having taken her in as her father Kyle Chrisley - Todd and Julie's son - battled addiction; Julie, Chloe and Todd are pictured

The couple officially adopted Chloe in 2017, having taken her in as her father Kyle Chrisley – Todd and Julie’s son – battled addiction; Julie, Chloe and Todd are pictured

As Chloe awaits their return, she has been showered with love by Savannah, who shared a rhapsodic Instagram post for the little girl’s birthday early this month.

‘HAPPY 11TH BIRTHDAY to our sweet CoCo! I can’t believe that she is 11 years old! WHERE HAS THE TIME GONE!! Watching her grow has been the biggest blessing of my life… she has QUITE the personality!’ wrote the proud aunt.

‘I wish I had her humor. I wish I had her carefree spirit. I wish I had her heart. She is everything that I hope to be one day! There is not a day goes by to where she doesn’t reach me something new,’ Savannah continued.

‘Because of her… we are all better people! I love you sweet girl! KEEP SHINING! NEVER GIVE UP! And ALWAYS KNOW… I AM HERE!’

Kyle welcomed Chloe with Angela Johnson in 2012, but the little girl soon wound up in her grandparents’ hands amid Kyle’s substance issues.

Todd and Julie were sentenced to prison last year, he for 12 years and she for seven, so Chloe wound up with her aunt Savannah Chrisley, with whom she is pictured

Todd and Julie were sentenced to prison last year, he for 12 years and she for seven, so Chloe wound up with her aunt Savannah Chrisley, with whom she is pictured

'HAPPY 11TH BIRTHDAY to our sweet CoCo! I can't believe that she is 11 years old! WHERE HAS THE TIME GONE!!' wrote the proud aunt

‘HAPPY 11TH BIRTHDAY to our sweet CoCo! I can’t believe that she is 11 years old! WHERE HAS THE TIME GONE!!’ wrote the proud aunt

Todd and Julie got full custody of Chloe in 2016 – after Angela was arrested on suspicion of defrauding Medicaid and food stamps. 

However last year, once Todd and Julie were convicted of fraud, it emerged that Angela was attempting to reestablish custody of Chloe.

‘It’s ironic that her biological mother would come forward now, when she has not been in her life since 2015,’ Todd retorted on his podcast Chrisley Confessions.

‘Angela Johnson surrendered her parental rights on March of 2017, and we never heard from her again,’ he alleged further.

Meanwhile, Savannah recently claimed her complaints about the way her parents are being treated behind bars has made life more difficult for them. 

The reality star, 26, who is relying on her faith and a new love to help her cope, has been outspoken about the conditions at the federal prisons where Todd and Julie, 50, are serving their respective sentences for fraud.

‘It’s been really tough [for them] since I started speaking out about everything,’ the Special Forces: World’s Toughest Test competitor told Entertainment Tonight.

‘That’s been the toughest part. More so for Dad. There’s been a lot of retaliation, so we have to worry [about him].’

The Unlocked with Savannah podcaster has alleged the guards at the Pensacola, Florida prison where Todd is being house have targeted the former Chrisley Knows Best star. 

Savannah, 26. claims complaints about the way her parents are being treated behind bars has made life more difficult for them, especially her dad Todd. 'It's been really tough since I started speaking out about everything' she told Entertainment Tonight

Savannah, 26. claims complaints about the way her parents are being treated behind bars has made life more difficult for them, especially her dad Todd. ‘It’s been really tough since I started speaking out about everything’ she told Entertainment Tonight

‘Right now they’re trying to move him from the facility he’s at now, because of the latest things that I’ve posted on Instagram. And that’s the tough part – the moment you start speaking out, you have to pay for it,’ she asserted. 

The Nashville based activist also claims the guards are scheming to steal money from Todd’s commissary account and preventing him from speaking with his attorney.

‘Which is a huge thing because… it’s a non-recorded phone call to where you can speak about the things that are happening to you to your lawyer, [and] they’re not letting him do that,’ she alleged. 

Since coming forward with her charges of mistreatment, Savannah has shared a ‘whistleblower’ letter she received about unsafe working conditions at the facility where her father is being held. 

On Instagram, Savannah shared an excerpt from Federal Bureau of Prisons director Collette S. Peters from a September document which read, ‘We are working to create and foster a culture where every employee and person in our custody knows that they can come forward without fear of retaliation. If retaliation does occur, we hold those individuals accountable as well.’

The devoted daughter tagged a number of lawmakers on the post.  

Todd Chrisley, 54, and Julie Chrisley, 50, were convicted of bank fraud and began serving their sentences in January. Both have appealed their convictions and were recently granted reductions in their sentences  (Pictured in Nashville in November 2019)

Todd Chrisley, 54, and Julie Chrisley, 50, were convicted of bank fraud and began serving their sentences in January. Both have appealed their convictions and were recently granted reductions in their sentences  (Pictured in Nashville in November 2019) 

On Instagram, Savannah shared an excerpt from Federal Bureau of Prisons director Collette S. Peters and tagged several lawmakers in the post

On Instagram, Savannah shared an excerpt from Federal Bureau of Prisons director Collette S. Peters and tagged several lawmakers in the post

Savannah claims that guards at the prison in Pensacola, FL where Todd is being held are preventing him from speaking to his attorney and are scheming to steal money from Todd's commissary account

Savannah claims that guards at the prison in Pensacola, FL where Todd is being held are preventing him from speaking to his attorney and are scheming to steal money from Todd’s commissary account  

Julie is being held at a federal prison camp in Kentucky.  Savannah says her mom hasn't been targeted as much as Todd.  'Some of the male guards, they definitely speak down on the women [in jail]. They make them feel like garbage.' she claimed

Julie is being held at a federal prison camp in Kentucky.  Savannah says her mom hasn’t been targeted as much as Todd.  ‘Some of the male guards, they definitely speak down on the women [in jail]. They make them feel like garbage.’ she claimed 

Savannah also says the living conditions for Julie are pretty dire at the federal prison camp in Kentucky where she is serving her time, although she hasn’t been targeted as much as Todd reportedly has been. 

‘Some of the male guards, they definitely speak down on the women [in jail]. They make them feel like garbage.’ she told the outlet. 

Both Chrisleys have appealed their convictions, but until then, they will continue to speak out. 

‘He and I have had the discussion [and] his exact words were, ‘If I have to be uncomfortable in order to hopefully implement and force change, then I’m willing to do it,” Savannah said. 

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