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UPDATE: When the rich get sent to prison, they call these wise guys first

UPDATE: When the rich get sent to prison, they call these wise guys first

10/03/2017

By Leslie Albrecht, MarketWatch

What a 'prison coach' would tell Martin Shkreli and Anthony Weiner

Former congressman Anthony Weiner cried when a judge sentenced him (http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/25/politics/anthony-weiner-sentencing/index.html)to 21 months in prison last week for sexting with a 15-year-old girl. Prison is tough and most felons have no idea what to expect. For a few thousand dollars, however, high-profile felons like Weiner can hire a "prison consultant" to help smooth the transition to life behind bars.

For non-violent criminals like Weiner and "pharma bro" Martin Shkreli -- who's now behind bars in a Brooklyn jail -- prison "is a totally different environment than they've ever been, it's crazy in there," said Michael Frantz, director of Jail Time Consulting (http://www.jailtimeconsulting.com/), who served 36 months in a federal facility for tax evasion.

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(http://www.marketwatch.com/special-report-white-collar-felons-for-hire)"They come from a world where there's order," Frantz said. "They have people under them and tell them what to do. When you get into federal prison, you have no control whatsoever. In the real world, there's order and rational thinking. In the Bureau of Prisons there's absolutely no rational thinking."

Weiner's attorney didn't respond to a question on whether he's using a prison consultant, and neither did the lawyer for Shkreli, who was recently sent to a Brooklyn detention center (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/martin-shkreli-jailed-over-facebook-posts-threatening-hillary-clinton-2017-09-13)while he awaits sentencing on fraud charges. But Weiner and Shkreli are just the type of convicts who typically use prison consultants. They've already helped the likes of Bernie Madoff (https://blogs.wsj.com/law/2009/07/15/madoffs-prison-consultant-weighs-on-inmate-no-61727-054/)and Martha Stewart (https://www.csmonitor.com/2004/0715/p01s01-usju.html).

What do these prison preppers do?

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