|You Have A Boo-Boo?|
|By Joe Bouchard|
The following is an installment in "Icebreakers 101: The College Edition", a series featuring "Ice Breaker's" designed to promote training awareness and capabilities in the corrections industry.
In any correctional setting, we cannot afford to take anything for granted. Small things can be gathered in abundance over time and transformed into something for which it was not intended. Think of a common staple and one rubber band. There is nothing too sinister there. However, with 20 rubber bands and as many staples, one can make a mace enhanced with small metal spikes and a flexible handle.
What about when there seems to be a valid need for something? What do you do when an inmate asks for something sounds reasonable? What do you do when you are asked for a band aid? In most circumstances, you should give the offender a band aid.
Given that premise, let us suppose that over time, an enterprising and persistent inmate saved up twenty unused band aids. What, apart from applying them to a wound, would he or she do with them?
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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