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 6, 2015

Conflict of Interest = letter to Legislature

(A conflict of interest is a situation in which a person or organization is involved in multiple interests (financial, emotional, or otherwise), one of which could possibly corrupt the motivation of the individual or organization.)

 Honorable Legislators,

Today, Governor Doug Ducey announced that Arizona Department of Corrections, Charles L. Ryan, shall lead a complete investigation of the Kingman riot which occurred during the week of July 1st through July 4th, 2015.

This is a situation that should be addressed by the Legislature as the main stakeholders in the preservation of public safety and financial responsibilities for the funding of private prison monies and all related allocated expenses.

Charles Ryan, an appointed public official is not the most appropriate individual to oversee such an investigation. His judgement, impartiality and personal or professional interest could be influenced by the mere fact that he is also the main person at the Department of Corrections who makes executive decisions on inmate bed allocations distributed between the various private contractors with the agency and other internal policy decisions including contract monitoring of various facilities.

This puts him in a potential and possible position to undermine the investigation based on findings which may be negative or damaging to these private prison groups as well as his own agency for any or all management decisions created or made verbally or through policy he makes to distribute, manage, oversee, and direct compliance conditions of all these contracts.

When a government official, who is involved in the procurement, distribution, allocation or any other major decision is put in a position of trust and the position is used to determine faulty findings, these findings can be influenced, degraded or devaluated by his executive position to contain such findings and dismiss them or lower them to a lesser finding at will.

This defeats the entire discovery and information gathering process of any investigation especially this one where the performance, compliance and management skills of MTC is in question as well as his own agency’s responsibility to ensure compliance with all contractual services and agreements.

I appeal to you, our members of the Legislature, to call for another lead designated investigator or person for this investigation of the MTC Kingman riots. A good example of choosing an independent individual would be command position at the Attorney General’s or the director of our Department of Public Safety administration.