Wasted Honor -

Carl R. ToersBijns is the author of the Wasted Honor Trilogy [Wasted Honor I,II and Gorilla Justice] and his newest book From the Womb to the Tomb, the Tony Lester Story, which is a reflection of his life and his experiences as a correctional officer and a correctional administrator retiring with the rank of deputy warden in the New Mexico and Arizona correctional systems.

Carl also wrote a book on his combat experience in the Kindle book titled - Combat Medic - Men with destiny - A red cross of Valor -

Carl is considered by many a rogue expert in the field of prison security systems since leaving the profession. Carl has been involved in the design of many pilot programs related to mental health treatment, security threat groups, suicide prevention, and maximum custody operational plans including double bunking max inmates and enhancing security for staff. He invites you to read his books so you can understand and grasp the cultural and political implications and influences of these prisons. He deals with the emotions, the stress and anxiety as well as the realities faced working inside a prison. He deals with the occupational risks while elaborating on the psychological impact of both prison worker and prisoner.

His most recent book, Gorilla Justice, is an un-edited raw fictional version of realistic prison experiences and events through the eyes of an anecdotal translation of the inmate’s plight and suffering while enduring the harsh and toxic prison environment including solitary confinement.

Carl has been interviewed by numerous news stations and newspapers in Phoenix regarding the escape from the Kingman prison and other high profile media cases related to wrongful deaths and suicides inside prisons. His insights have been solicited by the ACLU, Amnesty International, and various other legal firms representing solitary confinement cases in California and Arizona. He is currently working on the STG Step Down program at Pelican Bay and has offered his own experience insights with the Center of Constitutional Rights lawyers and interns to establish a core program at the SHU units. He has personally corresponded and written with SHU prisoners to assess the living conditions and how it impacts their long term placement inside these type of units that are similar to those in Arizona Florence Eyman special management unit where Carl was a unit deputy warden for almost two years before his promotion to Deputy Warden of Operations in Safford and Eyman.

He is a strong advocate for the mentally ill and is a board member of David's Hope Inc. a non-profit advocacy group in Phoenix and also serves as a senior advisor for Law Enforcement Officers Advocates Council in Chino, California As a subject matter expert and corrections consultant, Carl has provided interviews and spoken on national and international radio talk shows e.g. BBC CBC Lou Show & TV shows as well as the Associated Press.

I use sarcasm, satire, parodies and other means to make you think!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Correctional Officers don’t Palaver Much

Correctional officers have supervised and managed thousands of murderers, sex offenders, thieves and drunk drivers while housed inside their jails and prisons. Yet on any given day, they don’t palaver much on these things surrounding them twenty four seven. They don’t talk much about how this job they have impacts their lives and minds. It’s just a routine that nobody else seems to understand.
So why don’t officers palaver much? How come they remain so quiet and say nothing about the stress and struggles they endure on this job.  Their silence isn’t because of some rule or law and contrary to the code of silence being real, they know everything and more about criminal behaviors but rarely talk about it. 

It is my opinion, for the lack of a better explanation, correctional officers don’t palaver much because they want to leave their job where they work. Bringing it home or to the outside may complicate their lives even more than it already is. They already knowingly how ugly society can be by being amongst those murdering and thieving persons called inmates. 

It could be because they are keenly aware of how Americans appear to have a lack of empathy or concern for what goes on inside those walls. It could because everything that does happen inside prisons is contrary to everything that is good in society and the truth is best be kept hidden. Thus it becomes normal to bastardize the concept of their limited role as prison officers and let it lay still for it’s best to leave sleeping dogs lie. 

America doesn’t care what goes on inside prisons. They don’t want to know. I could run through a litany of grave injustices and grievances and nobody would turn a head. There is no need to address such things as it has been established that prisoners are the enemy of the state and best be kept locked up with ball and chain. 

So when does the public care? They care when an officer makes a mistake or the agency releases a criminal to the streets too early. They care they are being victimized by criminals on parole or probation and shout at the top of their lungs to do something about it. They don’t care about justice, healthcare or even educational benefits for these criminals until they find out these individuals are going to live on the same street they do. They have no horse in the race until it knocks on their doors.

They only care if the illegal alien or murderer breaks out of prison and roams their communities looking for way to get away. These contradictions are many and feeds the frenzy when things go wrong in the prison world like it does so often but rarely talked about. Quick to criticize the administration and officers for not fulfilling their simplest tasks, they refuse to give them the funding and support needed to keep public safety number one. 

They hear that prisons keep the worst of the worst but refuse to acknowledge the good in people that get the job done. They have no confidence in the system that incarcerates them and naively presume that all is all right until something breaks. One has to wonder why correctional officers don’t palaver over their jobs much. One has to wonder if anyone cares what they do inside those dangerous prison walls each day and every night.