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Archive for December, 2009

What can Dr Seuss teach us about staff division?

December 10th, 2009

What sort of trainer would use a children’s book to teach a lesson?  Is it possible to break the ice, establish trust, and impart a lesson while talking in rhymes?  It may sound strange, but I have facilitated excellent classroom discussions and shattered tons of ice by reading Dr. Seuss books to adults.  


Think back to your most eccentric, unusual teacher.  Chances are that you may have a few to select from.  You may remember that the individual had strange mannerisms, an interesting mode of speech, or other uncommon characteristics. 


Still, the instructor may have been unusual in delivery of material.  Read more…

Staff relations, Training, What the...?!?

Destination Intimidation part 1: Is it aggression or assertion?

December 2nd, 2009


In corrections, there is often a complex posturing that is based on image and intimidation.    It is a matter of survival. Such is the world that we work in.  Therefore, it should come to no surprise that staff and offenders sometimes perceive the other as bullying. 


To most, intimidation is the tool of the bully.  But is it always bullying?  Is aggression sometimes really assertion?  Is there a difference between meeting issuing direction and coercion?  Is it fair to use bully tactics on a bully? Read more…

Assessing the organization, Self Scrutiny, Staff relations

Anticipate and thwart

December 2nd, 2009


It is inevitable. Nothing, it is said, stays the same. As any corrections professional knows, prisoner work assignments can be quite temporary. There are many reasons that prisoners will be moved from any given job assignment, including shifting institutional needs, prisoner transfers, and inmate requests for reclassification.

Termination also is another catalyst for change of job status. This occurs for a variety of causes. For example, prisoners caught smuggling while on assignment may be relieved of their duties.

In a broad sense, to smuggle is to move unauthorized goods in an illicit and stealthy manner. In corrections, there are four basic flows of bootleg traffic: Read more…

Contraband Control

The Anti-socials training exercise

December 2nd, 2009

Let’s face it, those who work in any segment of the criminal justice system need to know about criminal thinking.  This is crucial vocational armor that takes the surprises out of many unusual behaviors that practitioners will witness in the field. 

Is there a quick and easy way to get students talking about the many deviant behaviors?  Can we make them more interested in the topic? 

“The Anti-Socials” is a good introduction to anti-social thinking and behavior.  Read more…