Steve Dagworthy had never received so much as a school detention when, in 2009, he was escorted into HMP Chelmsford to begin a six-year sentence for fraud. Until then, the 44-year-old had lived a quiet, middle-class existence with his wife and two children in Essex, where he worked as a financial broker. But he ended up in prison, an environment he knew only from television. Dagworthy was staggered by just how little his lawyers had prepared him for life behind bars. He was a stranger to what his fellow inmates called “cell etiquette”, for example, like the rule that whoever arrives first in a cell gets the bottom, “senior” bunk. And he was appalled to witness bloody knife fights among his fellow inmates, some of whom planted ‘shivs’ in the handles of toothbrushes. Upon his release in 2012, Dagworthy founded Prison Consultants, the UK’s first jail time advice service, which teaches wealthy clients how to adapt to life inside. The bizarre (and expanding) world of these “prison preppers” was highlighted this week by Harvey Weinstein, who hired his own prison consultant shortly before his conviction on Monday for third-degree rape, for which he faces up to 25 years in prison. For thousands of dollars, experts say, the unnamed consultant will most likely explain to Weinstein how to survive life in the slammer as an ultra-recognisable sex offender, going into everything from how to deal with his fellow inmates to how to fill his long, empty days. It is a lesson that the Hollywood mogul may have taken from Bernie Madoff, the disgraced financier who reportedly hired his own consultant to help him adjust to his 150-year federal prison sentence. And it is a service for which Weinstein will be grateful: when he leaves the hospital prison ward to which he was rushed after suffering heart palpitations following his conviction, the 67-year-old will be held at Rikers Island, a notorious New York jail which housed Tupac, Sid Vicious and Mark Chapman, the man who killed John Lennon. Rikers has been plagued by overcrowding, gang brutality and allegations of human rights violations, and conditions are so brutal that in 2017 mayor Bill de Blasio vowed to shut it down within a decade. Dagworthy tells his British clients that their first six months inside will be dominated by fear and bewilderment. “The prison van might as well have been a spaceship, because it put me into a whole new world. I liken it to arriving in North Korea. The sights, smells, sounds, the language the other prisoners speak was all alien to me. Most middle-class prisoners will come across as slightly different to the rest. They’re not of the villainous nature, they probably speak slightly differently, they probably don’t understand the language.”
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