|Not Allowed Per Policy|
|By Joe Bouchard|
The following is an installment in "Operation Icebreaker: Shooting for Excellence", a series featuring "Ice Breaker's" designed to promote training awareness and capabilities in the corrections industry.
Policies and procedures are in place in order to enhance safety for staff, offenders, and the public. Yet, as is common knowledge, many prisoners will have alternate uses for items in order to make their circumstances a little more comfortable.
For example, dental floss is not allowed in many segregation units. Yet, those who have it smuggled in can make an efficient ‘fish line’ and move items from other cells. Despite the rules against passing, many prisoners will risk punishment sanctions in order to receive illegal items from others on the wing. And forbidden dental floss makes this possible.
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” and "Operation Icebreakers: Shooting for Excellence". 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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