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

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Why I believe Arizona needs to be better in running their prisons

Why I believe Arizona needs to be better in running their prisons

Living in Arizona can be inspirational-it has all the hallmarks of a patriotic and lawful society. The grandeur of the Grand Canyon symbolizes strength and heritage and many more American values. I believe in Arizona. Arizona is a conservative state but at the same time, proven it can be the exact opposite when a critical situation arises or an adaption is needed.

It can be innovative in rule. Sometimes it is controversial especially being a border state and addressing border and immigration issues. At the same time, I have seen strong leadership to lead and become the spine or the backbone for the needs of many other states. It has led in many different areas which needed to be addressed and as such, the laws were addressed accordingly.

I can compare Arizona with other states as I have lived in a few to know the differences in climate, demographics, and economy social cultures. I see it as a melting pot but also as a place where people live in peace and harmony without too much government interference. Politically, it can be vitriol in nature. Socially, it can be blend of cultures engaged in community celebrations.

Unlike some other states, Arizona seems to be connected to the people and their will on most issues. Arizona believes we all have a right to privacy, a right to be left alone as we go about our business. It is not too intrusive but there when necessary. In the absence of this occasional intrusion, Arizona allows our lives to be our own with consequences attached regulated by laws.

State government does have some trust issues. The reasons are clear and most people understand that transparency and honesty would eliminate most of these concerns. It would be better if government agencies and contractors operating with more accountability. I can also sense a strong interdependence on hybrid governance and engagements of outsourcing our services especially our prisons.

For years, state government has been operating under near complete secrecy about its relationship with private prison contractors and whether or not this relationship is actually saving the state money. We have learned from studies in the past, prison policy guidelines for savings pledges results to the contrary. However, such studies have been halted thus comparison data is no longer available to compare cost factors.

This we  expect to be the mood of government and will likely to continue to be denied basic details about this aspect of state government spending and admit a grim defeat that unless the governor allows us to peek at their business portfolios, nothing will be revealed to show any improvement is savings.

Thus although I believe in Arizona, I would encourage all citizens to hold the government accountable for their prison management and spending styles as well as comparative decisions. The governor campaigned on improvements in education and child safety but has neglected both as well as reducing prison costs. He has introduced a five year funding plan for education but skepticism is loud and frequent because he prioritized prisons over education.

In fact, he has raised prison costs beyond the previous budget to accommodate private prison growth. No one has ever been charged with a crime in connection with the CCA executive team connection or for that matter, any other contractor doing business with our state. There is little doubt the legislature had deep pockets for private prison lobbyist knocking on their doors.

No one has challenged the lawful duties of the prison director to serve as a facilitator or portfolio manager for the private business world as it expands and receives state funding via vague but extremely powerful political circumstances. Until this funnel of growth and profit is curtailed, this part of state government will never be held accountable.