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

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Letter to Governor Janet Brewer via ACLU

 Dear Governor Brewer, 

Until state officials can assure the public and the individuals facing death sentences that the process will be transparent and in compliance with the Eighth Amendment, the death penalty must be put on hold.

Arizona had clear warnings from Ohio and Oklahoma. Instead of ensuring that a similar outcome was avoided here, our state officials cloaked the plans for Mr. Wood's death in secrecy. It is impossible for the Arizona Department of Corrections, or any state agency or employee, to offer an unbiased assessment of Mr. Wood's execution. Our state officials cloaked the plans for Mr. Wood's death in secrecy and they cannot be trusted to conduct a thorough and honest review of July 23's horrific events.

Governor Brewer, The best way to describe this process is to label it under the Arizona Department of Concealment and the best way to describe the methodology used by the Arizona Department of Corrections is to compare the agency to an onion and use the onion as a metaphor to describe sequentially removable layers that conceal something that is important or in many cases a right for the public to know more about their business. 

Peeling away such layers in a deliberate and thorough manner we can visualize a central concept that is buried beneath the organized series of obstacles put in the way to prevent getting to the core of the matter at hand. 

One can assume such movement towards the inner circle would reveal truths but the fact is you will never get to the center or ‘bottom of the matter” because of the protective layers put in place to keep you from reaching that section or layer of the onion. 

At every layer there is an obstacle. Some are natural and others are man-made or created to buy time or allow damage control to occur while the incident is under investigation. Layers peeled back include lengthy delays in providing information; abbreviated or incomplete press releases; delayed investigations; pending investigations; staff unavailability etc. etc. 

Designed to give you nothing but air between layers, you grasp at what you are given. Knowing you can keep digging but realizing you may be empty handed, you accept what you have and use that to make your case. 

There is no fresh air in this dirty laundry bag that holds this onion firmly in place as it peeled back as it remains in control of the time, the method, the pace, the depth and the purposes provided.
Layers of the onion could be construed as cover ups, blankets of secrecy, stalling, incompleteness and finally a blank destination as there is more fortifications in place the deeper you go. The only way you can divulge the real core of the problem or matter at hand is to peel the onion from the inside out so that you get the information at the beginning rather than at the end. 

Sadly, Governor Brewer, an implosion would likely result in a serious breach of public safety or threat to the security of an institution and we all pray that does not happen on your watch or anybody else.
Carl R ToersBijns


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