Dennis is an education specialist/recreation specialist and has been with the bureau for 12 years.
He thinks the first session took care of the topic pretty well. He will now re-iterate what they have had to contend with.
What the director has allowed - edited versions of r-rated movies. Just take out some of the violence and sex scenes. He (Dennis) has seen some edited films that still seemed pretty violent. He suggests you preview the edited films before showing them.
The FBOP interprets the law to mean that if something breaks (weightlifting equipment or musical instruments) you cannot repair it. Even if you already have it in your possession, you cannot fix it.
You are allowed to put acoustic strings on an electric guitar.
Acoustic base is a problem, big upright and very expensive. Several have asked if they can rip the electronics out of an acoustic electric base. Dennis said he would take that question back to Washington. They need to look at the intent of the law.
There was some discussion of using acoustic guitars with electronic pickups. No they are not allowed. You cannot plug the guitar into anything. You can play the guitar in front of a regular microphone.
A chaplin had asked if he could get in on the film license . If a chaplin buys a license, rec will only pay for one.
If you had weightlifting training videos you can no longer show them. You can show them in the wellness section.
The federal prisons do not let families send in videos to their inmates. They are allowed very little personal property.
Wellness videos purchased for the intention of showing to a class are ok.
If an independent metro college come in and a teacher brings a film its a no-no.
They had one federal prison caught showing a non-licensed Disney film. Education dept was showing Lion King. Now they are very sensitive to the issue.
FCC Miami reported they had a monthly competition involving pushups and were told they could not do it anymore.
Originally, Dayton Bently was to give this session.
FCI Beckly and Leavenworth are currently running without weights.
There is nothing in the mill right now for a Federal Rec Supervisors Conference. There is management training session in May for Supervisors of Education and Supervisors of Recreation in Aurora.
We need to educate the people on the street.
The federal rec departments can give musical instruments to the chapel.
Leavenworth reported they had weights forever. They were taken out because of misuse of them against the staff. Replacement costs have gone down. The rec supervisor had been there for 18 years before the weights were ever used against the staff. Now the weights were being used against them annually. There is a change in the inmates today. Other inmates around the system learned they weights were gone immediately. The last year, weights were used extensively against the staff. One state facility had a staff member killed with a weightlifting bar.
Nebraska- took out the 2 1/2s, 5s, 10s, and collars. Left the spring collars. Some facilities make them check out the collars.
I asked if there was any interest in the rubber plates we showed a few years ago (make small plates much larger and possibly safer)? No. Message from the director is no plates less than 25 pounds. Makes for big jumps at weightlifting meets.
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