After criticizing Lori Loughlin’s decision to learn martial arts ahead of her trial in the college admissions scandal, two prison consultants have offered five tips in how the actress and others can really adjust to life behind bars and use proper prison etiquette.

Prison consultants Michael Frantz, the founder of Jail Time Consulting who served 36 months in prison for tax evasion, and Justin Paperny, the founder of White Collar Advice who was sentenced to 18 months in prison for a felony security laws conviction, spoke to Insider about advice they would give to people serving sentences at a minimum-security prisons. 

Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, are facing up to 50 years in prison each after pleading not guilty in the college admissions scandal, in which they’re accused of paying the scheme’s ringleader, William “Rick” Singer, $500,000 to guarantee their daughters’ admissions to the University of Southern California.

Frantz told Insider that it’s unlikely Loughlin will get the maximum sentence, but she will probably still face time behind bars if she’s convicted. 

Frantz and Paperny said keys to having a successful prison stint include learning how the facility works, figuring out a routine, and staying out of trouble.

Understand How Everything Works, From the Commissary to Etiquette of Life Behind Bars

Paperny said it’s important to go into prison with knowledge of how the facility works — incoming inmates should learn when meals take place, how inmates interact with one another, what is and what’s not a disciplinary infraction, and how to buy things in the commissary.

Frantz said it will be an adjustment to life behind bars at first. He said that in most minimum-security prisons, like the one Loughlin could enter if she’s convicted, are designed for non-violent offenders.

He said incoming inmates won’t immediately have toiletries because they have to buy them from the commissary once incarcerated, but other inmates often give them items on a rent-basis.

“You’ve got to make sure that you pay that back as soon as you can,” Frantz told Insider. “Nothing’s free. You don’t take it and say, ‘Oh thanks’ and never pay it back because that’ll cause problems… You want to make sure that you treat people properly.”

Stay Out of Trouble

If Loughlin does go to prison, she would most likely be placed in a minimum-security camp, the lowest security facility available in the prison system.

Frantz said that because it’s the lowest security facility available, people don’t want to get into trouble and be moved elsewhere. He said it’s best to maintain that status quo.

“There’s no gangs, rapes, stabbing, or fights. I mean there’s a little bit, but nothing, nothing major,” He told Insider. “So you don’t want to be kicked out for that. So my advice is instead of doing all that… why don’t you start concentrating on those things you can do to get out of there early?”


The Bureau of Prisons has five (5) Sentence Reduction Programs which allow inmates to leave prison early, they are the Second Chance Act, the First Step Act, the RDAP Drug & Alcohol ProgramCommutation of Sentence, and Compassionate Release. Call Jail Time Consulting at 231-668-9231 for details.

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Look For Ways to Be Released Early

Frantz said that the Bureau of Prisons’ (BOP) release programs can be helpful for inmates, and encourages his clients to use them if they can.

According to Paperny’s second company, Prison Professors, inmates can use a number of techniques to seek an early release.

The first is Good Conduct time, in which the BOP entitles inmates up to 54 days of good conduct time for each year incarcerated. The credit can lower a prisoner’s actual time in prison by reducing their sentence by the number of good conduct days they received.

And inmates who qualify for and complete the Residential Drug Awareness Program (RDAP) can receive up to a year off from their release date.

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