Prison Life Not Such A Bad Deal For The Many Who've Long Fantasized About A World In Which Sticking A Fork In Someone's Arm For The Smallest Of Offenses Was Considered Reasonable

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As America's lockups have become more crowded, so has the prison-prep industry, a field built for white-collar criminals with the means to pay for lessons on coping with strip searches and with getting along with a tattooed cellmate named Bubba...Patrick Boyce learned the etiquette of incarceration by hiring a convicted fraud artist-turned-prison consultant. Now Mr. Boyce, 42, has become one, too. Among the most important principles of proper prison behavior, he says: Be polite. Don't butt into conversations, don't forget to say "excuse me" when you bump into someone, even when it isn't your fault. Don't watch TV in another man's chair. Don't reach across someone else's plate at chow time. "That could be immediately answered with a fork in your arm," says Mr. Boyce, a former stockbroker who completed 11 months in the pen in 2004 and advertises himself as a "federal mitigation specialist." [WSJ]

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