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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Monday, July 20, 2015

Facts - Not Really Facts - How information is skewed


Incarceration is a powerful tool. Facing prison time can shock someone for their rest of their lives and doing time is, all is said, the consequence of breaking the law. Unfortunately, some are falsely accused of criminality but that fact is often lost in the records, until a high profile case bring back the reality that our criminal justice system is not perfect.

From the beginning, our criminal justice system is flawed. At best, it is better to be skeptical than believe everything you see or hear on TV or the movies about the courts or prison systems. However, it has become clear, there are judges, prosecutors and others pursuing false cases using man-created evidence to keep exculpatory evidence from reaching jurors.

The same process of collusion exists between the governor’s office, legislators and the chief administrator of our prison system. They all engage in some level of using unethical and bizarre methods of controlling information, people and culpable evidence from reaching the public.

I suspect the death of the Kingman officer who was targeted by the DOC as an instigator of the riot as a direct result of harsh and unkind interrogation by the criminal investigation units of the DOC.

One should not and cannot forget Correctional Officer Jon Kemp, he is the Kingman officer who committed suicide, and the story indicates he was getting the credit for triggering the riots which means he would have had to have gone through a standard DOC interview, complete with threats of prosecution and civil liability, not to mention his direct employer sanctions so prior to his suicide. Now, we may never know what was really said inside that room.

Officer Kemp was under the gun at work and directly related to the riots which Director Charles L. Ryan has already indicated short staffing as an issue, figuring the excuse would seem reasonable but doesn't that make it a workplace safety issue for all injured, on or off duty?

Their main reason or motive to hide the truth is the fact that reveals often major flaws in management and operational decision-making processes and how their infra-structures are flawed and weak in nature due to political will and corruption.

The public, in its silence, has never asked, demanded a forceful condemnation of what is happening inside of prisons. It is hard to figure out why this is that way but they [public] seem so apathetic to the prison crisis, they prefer to remain ignorant and hushed about the growing concerns and situations.

Ironically, good legislators are doing the exact same thing – silence.

The Kingman riots is a good example of prison corruption. The governor, in his wisdom to control the situation, has ordered a full probe of the riot. The extreme confidence in this process is a wasted energy flow due to the fact, Governor Ducey has asked the corrections department to investigate themselves. This gives him the confidence the end result or outcome will be a controlled determination that will exonerate his administration of any wrongdoing.

There was a serious problem in handling this matter in this manner. Although legal, it is skirting the facts that are in all reality hidden from the public and allows time to create an opportunity to conduct damage control while the investigation is ongoing.

This includes obstruction of justice methods, destroying evidence and other blatant unlawful acts to protect the guilty of any wrongdoings. This kind of cover-up does not solve any problems, it only extends it in time so it can happen again.

This leaves a lot to be desired in the communities impacted by prison crisis and situations. In other words, there will be a report issued here shortly that presents irrefutable evidence that a huge portion of whatever the real story was, to be rewritten, restructured through politically correct dialogue and freshly determined to be untrue.

Instead of taking a hard look at the problem and the evidence gathered, they sanitize their reports and exclude relevant information, which would show the flaws, be determined not needed. Keeping relevant records, documents, statements or evidence from any report altogether, is more common than anyone in government cares to admit.

One has to step back and realize what the governor and his management team have determined to do. By hiding culpable type of evidence, they are placing themselves above the law. In the wrongful process of hiding evidence, this " nicest description I have for this phenomenon is “tunnel vision” and a deliberate act to block the truth from getting outside the corruptive circle of government.

Their motives may differ but the main claim of defense for taking such drastic action is to pretend they want to preserve the “integrity of the systems” and create a “perception of the systems working as designed.” In laymen terms, this comes down to a “needs to know” basis and that circle is very tight and small.

Certainly the public does not need to be involved in such matters. Government’s purpose is to protect and serve and they protect the public by shielding them from the truth. If this alludes to the fact the director uses unethical and probably illegal means to gain wrongful conclusion in such investigations, the means justifies the end.

All is under control and nothing is harmful to those in power. It was a win-win the agency was able to obtain by hiding the truth. Remaining in the governor’s favor, this kind of “above the law” activity will most likely have no effect upon their careers, in fact, it may prolong their assignment as their demonstrated skill at damage control becomes more valued than their lack of integrity. Isn't it time to stop this madness? Who has the courage to ask the tough questions of the governor and the director?

Bueller?? Bueller??? Bueller?????