Keeping it simple: Weapons-making exercise
A contraband trick does not have to be elaborate in order to work well
At the beginning of one part of the presentation, I said, “Welcome to weapons making 101. The chief goal of this is for corrections professionals to learn how easy it is to produce a weapon. This is done to increase safety. This is not intended to help offenders become better weapons makers.”
Recently, I attended the 32nd annual American Jail Association conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan. I was the presenter at an early morning session called “Breaking Ice and Engaging Minds.” I addressed how engaging classroom exercises can benefit corrections training. Also, I demonstrated five corrections-oriented classroom exercises that I developed for the International Association of Correctional Training Personnel.
One of these exercises was called “Care for a mint?” This is my favorite exercise of all time. It has been performed in various corrections venues over the years. I field tested it on Criminal Justice students and have found success each time I facilitate the memorable exercise.
It is pretty simple. All that is needed is: