|By Joe Bouchard|
The following is an installment in "The Bouchard 101", a series featuring "Ice Breaker's" designed to promote training awareness and capabilities in the corrections industry.
Think about the perfection of a circle. It has no beginning and it has no end. It is the basis for an infinity sign. And, it can sometimes be delicious.
Doughnut trivia is a way to use simple pastries to get teams involved in a competition involving food. And it is a great way to segue into the concept of food as contraband.
Teams compete on doughnut trivia. The winning team gets to sample the doughnuts first. There are eleven questions to eliminate the possibility of a tie.
Break the class into teams and have them take turns answering the following questions. If during a team’s turn the team guesses the correct answer, they will earn one point. If they fail to respond correctly, the opposing team has the opportunity to earn two points with a correct answer.
So grab a cup of coffee and dig in to the test.
Something as simple as a donut has a very complex history. How much do you know about these delicious breakfast (or any time) treat? Try your luck with the following.
Winning team gets first crack at donuts. Of course, the smart instructor will bring enough for all in class, though they may be withheld in order to build suspense and competition.
The trivia section can segue into information about the contraband one can find in the kitchen area of a correctional facility. Use your own information or sample from the information below.
Food service staff in correctional facilities have the awesome responsibility of ensuring that quality meals are prepared and delivered to hundreds of people. This happens three times a day, all year long – regardless of the state of equipment.
But, in this relentless preparation of meals for hundreds, there is a potential for profound danger. This comes in two basic forms, barter and weapons. Being aware of these two dangers, food service staff are important partners in contraband control efforts.
Food as barter. Food and items acquired from the kitchen can be used as barter. Food can be used as contraband, mostly in the way of trade for other goods and services. Extra rations can be promised by prisoner workers in exchange for protection, sex, as a payoff for gambling, etc. There are also the raw materials in the kitchen that can be used to produce prison-made alcohol.
Kitchen weapons. Materials to create weapons often originate from the kitchen. They can be made from discarded cans, altered equipment, and packaging. There are many other opportunities to acquire weapons. Staff patterns are scrutinized by enterprising prisoners to discern the perfect occasion to loosen unessential steel or plastic. If it moves, it will dislodge. If it dislodges, it is a weapon. The kitchen is not free of hazard.
Like other non-custody staff, food service staff perform three particular roles in contraband control. They feed the information machine, relate tales of contraband to newer staff, and monitor the work patterns of prisoners on assignment in the kitchen.
Joe Bouchard is a Librarian employed with the Michigan Department of Corrections and a collaborator with The International Association of Correctional Training Personnel (IACTP). He is also the author of “IACTP’s Corrections Icebreakers: The Bouchard 101, 2014”. The installments in this series include his opinions. The agency for which he works is not in any way responsible for the content or accuracy of this material, and the views are those of the contributor and not necessarily those of the agency. While some material is influenced by other works, all of the icebreakers have been developed by Joe Bouchard.
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