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

Friday, August 22, 2014

Loyalty to Oneself

There have been many articles written about loyalty and most of them are about commitment to an organization or the organizational leadership. 

Much can be said about those principles and being completely honest, many have their own merits in the manner loyalty is applied to such conditions of employment. The same word can and should be applied to yourself.

Loyalty can be personal, professional or geographically to a place, location, city or country. The application can be applied to a vast number of things but it always begins at home with yourself. You may love your job, love your workplace or the city where you live and that is reasonable.

However, when it comes to being loyal to yourself it seems you sacrifice for others before you give yourself what you earned, deserve or worked for. This is something that needs to be addressed in order for you to feel complete about who you are and what purpose you have in life.

All your life you have sought self-improvements that would enhance your skills in communication, occupation and used them to receive a check for the services rendered and earned. Basically speaking, it was your trained skills that got you the job and ability to earn that check. Additionally, it was the control you took over your own life, your desires and needs to become a better person that allowed you the opportunities that have been laid out there before you.

During that time you chose different reasons for doing what you needed to do to become a better person. In time you became a confident and competent person in those areas you chose to be interested in and worked hard, even sacrificed, to get what you wanted. Such dedication and commitment should be noted and deserve special recognition of who you are and what you can do.

The value of your own success depends largely on how you feel about yourself. Your confidence is built on who you are, where you have been and how well you did when challenged with difficult decisions in your life. Recognizing you made personal sacrifices is important as those were major issues to consider during your decision making process and should be acknowledged in your value of yourself.