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Reality training: How can this inmate’s head dive affect you?

This inmate takes a dive off his bunk into the toilet -- is he just being dumb or could he be planning something more?

By C1 Staff

This video shows a slightly wobbly inmate climb to the top of his bunk and take a head dive straight into his toilet. What could have possessed this inmate to perform this dive? Take a look at the video and then rejoin us below for some questions to get the conversation started.

- What are the intentions of inmates when they are locked up?

- Does this inmate want: sympathy in a trip to the emergency room and possible escape? Sympathy from medical and mental health staff? From the court?

- Is it possible that this inmate wanted to superficially injure himself and then assault an officer or take a hostage?

- Would this motto apply to this or similar situations: Desperate people do desperate things.

- What is the danger of this inmate’s miscalculation? Is there staff liability?

- Should officers be creative in their rounds of segregated inmates, such as ‘backtracking’, surprise cell inspections with back up, or checking very frequently?

This series of columns takes recent situations in the news and uses video footage to start a discussion.