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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Corrections Commits Complacency during Executions

United States Senator John McCain spoke out on the “botched execution” of Joseph Wood on Wednesday, July 23, 2014. For the first time in many years I agree with the U.S. Senator who is removed far enough from the politics of the event and used his horrific experience as a former prisoner of war as a perspective of how the execution was handled. Calling the execution “terrible” and a form of “torture” is likely an understatement but nevertheless a good description of what happened that day inside the death house. 

The issues is not the death penalty. The death penalty in Arizona is a legitimate tool of justice administered by the state once a conviction and sentence is acquired. The issue is the competency and the complacency in place to conduct such executions. The Arizona Department of Corrections is just not prepared to demonstrate competence to perform these highly visible sensitive tasks. This is not the first time the agency has failed to perform such a delicate task while the inmate laid on the death table. 

Richard Stokely, a death row inmate convicted of murdering two 13-year-old girls in 1991, was put to death by lethal injection at the Arizona State Prison in Florence. What was not revealed to the public was the fact that this execution went awry as well when it was time to put the needle in his veins and inject the lethal cocktail potion. 

The agency, in a hurry to inject the cocktail and finish their legal obligation to kill him forget several things that should have been addressed prior to the administration of the cocktail. When Stokley was executed it was a debacle to get a vein so much they had to place it in his leg. Then to make matters worse his pacemaker went off during his execution because they did not deactivate it with a magnet like they should have. 

Again, this is not about whether the death penalty is good or bad but rather, the manner it is performed or handled. It should be done with due diligence and careful planning that appears to be missing in the rush to put the man to death.