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, July 31, 2015

Arizona's complex and myth of hte senseless mass assaults on staff and inmates

Arizona’s complex and myth of the “senseless” mass assaults

There is something distinctly wrong in our Arizona prison system and it’s bigger than anyone can imagine. Its functions, infrastructure and gluttonous design has outgrown its ability and capabilities to be managed effectively.

Bringing the masses together under one sphere of control (a centralized autonomy) has been failing us for some time now and it’s time to re-evaluate the management styles used to impose the will of the executive teams and statutory requirements on its populations. It has in fact, bred mass assaults with no immediate end to the violent tends.

Weekly assaults on staff and inmates has demonstrated a coliseum of gladiators, young and middle age, willing to come together and fight these uniformed employees in a most sacred and dark tradition. Our prisons have been marked with bloodshed, severe trauma and multiple injuries that has damaged more than the body, as it also impacts the mind. There are troubling patterns what is just as disheartening of what is happening in our communities as these two settings are linked whether we like it or not. Marked by frequent mayhem, the tone of the prisons are vicious and out of control.

Intensity has been mounting. There is never a good reason for senseless violence yet, even without just causes or triggers, it keep on rising. The prisoners’ rabidly views on these kind of cowardly attacks have become traditional and cultural expectations that have no color lines and often created bonds to fight in unity against a common enemy, the correctional officer.

Mood assessments are lacking and if done, would reveal many attacks were provoked without a legitimate cause. Attacking without a cause indicates root problems that are emotional and psychological in terms of these individuals striking out at these representatives of law and order inside the prisons. It makes them [officers] prime and perfect targets just like the cops are on the streets today.

Even more alarming is the rise of drugs and weapons proliferating inside our prisons at an uncontrolled pace added with the complexity of contraband items that include cell phones used to conduct drug transactions or worse, create a formal hit list of employees enforcing the rules and making the drug deals a little bit more difficult than if they looked the other way. It is these drugs and their rampant availability that makes these attackers so extremely erratic and demonstrates behavior that is unpredictable and often not picked up through normal vigilance or other management styles.

Staff are afraid to challenge prisoners. These deliberate perpetrated acts towards them and threats to their families has caused high turnover and comprising behaviors that allows the drug dealers leverage when it comes to the delivery of their drugs or other controlled substances and contraband.

This has caused a notable amount of concern for staff working there and with little support from the administration, they are very vulnerable to be subjugated by the coercion and intimidation that allows wrongful conduct to go unnoticed or unpunished, depending on the individual involved and their social status within the prison race and culture at every location.

For now, the administration is unwilling to challenge the drug interdiction and the associated rising rate of violence due to lack of human resources and other tools. The vacancy rates are atrocious. Overtime does not offset these vacancies as fatigue is factored in when an officer works longer than his or her 8 hours or 40 hours a week.

The present administration has dropped the ball on many basic ‘best practices’ functions of security and since day one in 2009, unwilling to take action when the trend began, making it possible for gangs to form, drug dealers to become more powerful and attacks become more frequent. Perhaps when you look at it from this perspective, these attacks aren’t as senseless as we thought they were.