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 27, 2015

Another Open Door - What is his next move?

Another Open Door -

When Governor Ducey ordered a “full probe’” of the Kingman riots by the Arizona Department of Corrections, it kicked off a whole new battle on prison management and all those priorities and principles attached to the governor’s agenda. He was supposedly in favor or privatizing prisons but this action could in fact, begin a war that could be won, if pressure is maintained and applied at all the right places. Private prisons are silently self-destructive in nature and damage control can’t stall time from telling the truth.

Although he quickly followed up with comments reassuring his stance on expanding private prison beds, it signaled a possibility that there were major hurdles to clear in order to make this goal happen like he wanted it be as it was so neatly outlined in his playbook, designed by his fellow politicians and lobbyist friends from the private prison world. For certain, it delayed the procurement of additional beds another sixty days or so it seems and that itself was a battle won.

The goal of this playbook was to hide all the realistic horrors associated with running private prisons for profit. The key word being ‘realistic’ and a contrived effort to side step ugly things that are directly blocking his plans to expand their bed size during his term. Dealing with everyday atrocities was not part of the plan. The agency was supposed to have been a quiet giant, a sleeping hulk, and not making a sound. Fire and smoke, along with the destruction and expense of moving over a thousand inmates to other facilities disrupted that hibernation wish and brings the issue right back on the front page where the governor would rather not see it or deal with it right now.

Like the Kingman escape from 2010, all the way through the recent Kingman riots of late, the media and various taped exposes of privatization failed methods, it started a media war, a war he might be able to win but lose some battles along the way. Periodic arguments by attorneys, reporters, critics and families makes defending these failures difficult and draws conclusions that these methods used are almost as bad as the methods used to argue their existence.

Combined with the horror details of gruesome medical procedures and delays of the ACLU Parsons vs. Ryan lawsuit, the public is beginning to see something more sinister than before. Mistakes are being made and those involved are talking about it in front of the wrong people. There are racial tensions, social injustices and other negative dynamics brewing inside these prisons, private or public and the governor is about to have his hands full with questions why he allowed chaos to run rampant and give the asylum to the inmates to run while his rapid deployment teams are gathered throughout the state to quell yet, another riot.