NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - There are consultants for everything these days, including going to prison.
Prison consultants are becoming more popular, often hired by celebrities, white-collar miscreants and disgraced politicians. They lobby for good prison placement -- though with no guarantees -- and offer crash courses in prison culture.
The Federal Bureau of Prisons is aware of the work of prison consultants, but the agency says it treats all requests the same.
Tim Miller of the San Diego-based Dr. Prison consultant service says one of the main jobs is preparation.
For example, former powerbrokers are told they can no longer order others around and shy people are urged to learn to play cards or talk sports so they don't seem anti-social.
Prison consultants charge anywhere from a few hundred to several thousand dollars for advice.