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Final lap of luxury: the team prepping Weinstein for prison

In the bizarre world of prison preppers, wealthy clients pay thousands of dollars to learn ‘cell etiquette’

Luke Mintz

Steve Dagworthy had never received so much as a school detention when, in 2009, he was escorted into Chelmsford Prison, England, 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.

Prison was an environment he knew only from television, and he 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, the rule that whoever arrives first in a cell gets the bottom bunk. And he was appalled to witness bloody knife fights among his fellow inmates, some of whom planted “shivs” in the handles of toothbrushes...

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