If Felicity Huffman wants to survive federal prison, she needs to follow some simple rules — keep your mouth shut, find a “posse” for protection and watch out where you get dressed to avoid any jailhouse propositions, an expert on incarceration said Friday.
“In the bathroom, she should make sure she dresses in the shower, not out in the common area,” said Michael Frantz, a former federal inmate, who runs Jail Time Consulting.
“Some women will be looking for sex or a relationship. And they might think, there’s a nice TV star — that’s a notch on my belt.”
She should also not talk too much and avoid coming off snobby, Frantz said.
“She should be careful not to act like she thinks of herself as better than everyone else. That will not go over well,” said Frantz, who runs Jail Time Consulting.
The 56-year-old former “Desperate Housewives” star — who on Friday was sentenced to two weeks for her role in the sweeping college admissions scandal — has asked to be allowed to serve her time at the Federal Correctional Institution Dublin in Northern California.
It is known as one of America’s cushiest prisons, but she should still be cautious, especially of jailbirds looking cash in on her wealth and fame, he said.
“Watch what you say — and keep a low profile. It’s prison: People are going to want to take advantage of her, especially because she’s rich and has been on TV,” said Frantz, who served roughly three years in prison for tax evasion in 1999.
It’s smart to find a “posse” — a group of pals who have her back. But don’t let them help too much, he warned.
“You don’t want to owe anybody anything,” he said.
“She will need people to loan her some things, like flip flops and shampoo. But she should make sure she pays them back soon; she doesn’t want to be indebted,” he said.
She should also avoid appearing confrontational with prison guards, who may already be prone to hating her because she’s wealthy.
“When guards say ‘jump,’ she should say, ‘how high?’” he advised.
A final decision on where she will stay will be made by the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
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