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.

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Friday, September 5, 2014

Bailing out Corrections Employees Locked Up

Bailing out Corrections Employees Locked Up

We are all familiar with the monopoly game and how you can end up in jail costing you perhaps money and your reputation, if not your job. However, if you have a boss who wants to minimize negative publicity or impressions about the workplace, he will post bail for you or even approach the sheriff personally off the record and arrange a backdoor exit without domestic violence charges. 

Seems farfetched but if memory serves me right, it has happened before and those arrested, put in a patrol car and hauled off to jail are now enjoying better moments, jobs and salaries in a most imaginary way. It seems the culture is not only permissive in many ways but tolerant to law breaking and violence towards domestic partners, co-workers, the public or those officers making the arrest. 

Now that I am at the end of my corrections career and have witnessed some bizarre cases of favoritisms, nepotisms as well as criminal hospitality accommodations beyond the line of reason resulting in blurred lines of appropriateness and ethical conduct. You might say that it was okay to be irresponsible because someone in power would always be there for you to escape the consequences. 

Leaders such as prison agency directors who take the time to bail out corruptible employees with weak or poor moral compasses are always there to make things easier. They project a no-nonsense style of leadership and strong character when they are in fact the opposite, high tolerance to misconduct and weak character to permit such happenings on their watch. They breed a culture that mocks the rules and laws established for order in a society or workplace.

The recent arrest of a correctional officer who admitted shooting someone in Florence Arizona, the second safest city in Arizona brought back the memories of past and present leadership habits to bail out those who run afoul with the law. Some never make it to the booking desk as a well-placed political phone call eliminates any doubt the person should be released and allowed to live their lives as if nothing ever happened. 

One can only imagine as to what kind or deep of debt such a person incurs for helping get bailed out or avoid arrest. I can only imagine that the debt would be forever and no price is too high to make it sit right for future endeavors or favors given. Sometimes its about money and sometimes its just about the relationship and a quid pro quo relationship that lasts till eternity. 

I am sure the favor was accepted without hesitation. After all a favor could get you long term returns as they owed you for keeping them out of the slammer, losing your job or worse, ruin a marriage or relationship that has been on the rocks for years but never mind that for that’s another story.Yep, leaders like this made working much easier back then.