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

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Effective Understanding for Compliance

Effective Understanding for Compliance


Every officer is charged with the responsibility to keep his or her areas safe and secure. They are in fact, their domain to regulate and keep clear of disorder and other forms of disobedience or distress. How this is maintained depends on the tools given and the personal feelings given on such a subject or challenge.

First we have to understand the environment and how important is for compliance of rules and regulations to make the shift run safe and orderly. Second, we have to remember “approach determines response.” The officer disperses three personality traits that make it either easier or harder to get the work done and gain compliance or non-compliance.

These traits are attitude, tone and mood. Attitude is the officer’s personal feelings about a subject or challenge given. Tone is the stylistic devices to reveal that personal feeling and mood is the response created in the environment due to the use of those particular devices.

Whether you realize it or not, these three words exist in many placement exams and job descriptions as well as the knowledge, skills and abilities listed to get the job done.

Working them in reverse, you can get a close resemblance of attitude if the done reveals the mood and attitude of the officer. Attitude is difficult to grasp if you have little information about the background of the officer and is often misunderstood.  Difficult because a good officer will never reveal their background to the prisoner keeping them off balance.

We also try to conduct an analysis of intent and delivery of commands with tone and attitude to try to find out the mood the officer is in when present. This is wasted time as attitude can be easily disguised and basically faked to bring about a charade of emotions not real but purposely done to attain compliance.

Listening to the tone gives the prisoner a better understanding of the attitude and developing or existing mood. One would have to take it for granted prisoners pay attention to such displays but a good officer projects a command presence with these tools to device such a study.

An experienced officer will develop the tone through the use of specific devices and diction or speech. An understanding of tone is necessary to identify mood and the key to a degree of intensity or expressed intention to attain compliance. In most cases, a solid appropriate tone will suffice.

Mood is developed with time and experience as well as psychological adjustments creating a variety of feelings that may be happy, sad, inspired, or as all of us have experienced, even be bored. Possessed with skills the officer’s attitude, tone thereby determine the mood. The trick on controlling the mood is not to simply not internalize your problems and bring your personal life to work.