|Paradise Inside the Walls|
|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.
Some classroom exercises which are very instructive can sometimes come out of left field. A strange concept that does not appear to have anything to do with corrections or criminal justice often takes the participants off guard. When you can bring the idea back to our vocation, it makes the lesson even more potent.
In “Paradise Inside the Walls,” participants will learn about contraband control and the inside economy. All that is needed are a few pair of dice (pun intended) and some gift wrapping.
The facilitator can place a pair of dice in a small box or a gift bag. If you want to go for a dramatic effect, you can gift wrap the dice in an elaborate manner. Whichever manner you employ, here is how to start:
To heighten the suspense, the facilitator may ask the audience to guess what may be inside the boxes.
When the gifts are unwrapped, the volunteers may feel disappointed at finding dice as a gift. If the volunteers do not display a good sense of humor when they receive the dice, you may offer them something else from a dubious box of prizes.
They may keep the dice if your budget and conscience permits. However, it is best to inform them that they should not take the dice inside the facility, as they may be contraband.
Now it is time to divulge the lesson.
You may ask the participants a few questions about this.
Paradise for some offenders can be attained by establishing a gambling empire with a pair of dice. Paradise for staff is when contraband controls are in place and the facility becomes safer. This staff ideal is more possible when we start to think of the value and different uses of common items.
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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