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Archive for November, 2009

Proposal for a Contraband Tracking Committee

November 4th, 2009

The existence of contraband represents danger for all staff and prisoners in all facilities.  This is the root of most corrections peril.  The introduction of illicit goods in our institution facilitates escapes, compromises staff, and lowers morale to a dangerously low level. The existence of contraband also shatters the public’s perception of security. 




This is how the problem of contraband impacts us all. There are so many problems that a contraband tracking  committee could follow and help to mitigate.  Read more…

Contraband Control

Building empires: The rise and fall of cliques

November 4th, 2009

Bloody battles!


Broken treaties!

Sneak attacks!

Shifting alliances!

Vast tracts of territory under contention!


These are components of an empire on the rise. From the Athenians to the Mongols to the British, the rise and fall of empires have provided us many historical examples of how large domains develop.

When looking at groups in the work place, the common clique stands out as a fascinating and divisive example of how we treat each other. Upon further inspection, the rise and fall of cliques bears many resemblances to the rise and fall of empires.

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Assessing the organization, Self Scrutiny, Staff relations