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

Monday, July 28, 2014

Managing Security Risks

Securing your prisons for public safety is your first priority. The ancillary reasons for managing prisons is to reduce risks in all operational features and blend or integrate program and support concerns with tools designed to:

  • Secure life and human resources
  • Secure intellectual property (computer networks and secondary systems)
  • Secure physical plant and state owned assets
  • Secure your reputation, credibility and accountability of such risk management tools

Failure to control risks can have a devastating impact on any of these concerns thus there is a dire need to control risks and keep them at their lowest levels at all times. Controlling risks enhances better and faster replies of challenges or problems that may exist or have the potential to exist. It helps identify and evaluate conditions that may generate or mitigate risks within the prisons. 

Additionally, should an incident occur the strategies, preparations or planning for such risks is recognized as the leading provider or source for effective crisis response services.
Controlling risks are challenging and are increasingly complex as the prison industry is fluid and always changing in controlled and uncontrolled dynamics. It takes good strategy and excellent proactive planning to manage or monitor risk factors as they change either by operational changes or environmental challenges. 

Therefore, prison managers should always be prepared to respond to events that may have an impact on the industry, resource and train appropriately for secure security operations and understand the business thoroughly and prepare contingency plans to reduce potential negative impacts of risks identified. 

Prison managers should possess specific skills designed to control risks or reduce them to manageable levels that include at a minimum subject matter expertise, investigative skills, intelligence gathering and work closely with other agencies to formulate effective intervention methods, deterrents and alternatives to those risks identified inside prisons.

Additional services to help control risks are:
  1. Create strategies, policies and solutions to protect assets and reduce the likelihood of losses from operational risks
  2. Develop crisis and resilience plans to reduce the impact of an event to acceptable levels and safeguard reputations in times of crisis
  3. Review, audit and benchmark existing arrangements to identify gaps or misaligned resources
  4.  Provide security services and training to help implement and manage security from the local to state level
  5. Provide immediate assistance to help employees respond to crisis events
  6. Provide the appropriate logistic support and upgrade aging systems
This includes a fully supported platform of intensive research and development resources, practical intelligence interviews and on the ground operational tactics and integrated services between all departments and partners identified for the purpose of lethal and non-lethal protection and effective first responses in a hostile environments.