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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Sunday, October 18, 2015

Badasses Behind Bars - Racism and Hate Crimes

Badasses Behind Bars

As the dynamics become more revealed, the tension and stress is building to a boiling point. As usual, the media is quiet on their reporting of bigotry behind bars and ignores the implausible surging of hate waves inside the joints. Racists groups are alive and well inside prisons and thriving greatly on what is happening in society related to hate crimes against Christians, Muslims and other religions including the Jews and Palestinians.

This should not catch anyone by surprise as this trend has been building up far before 1998 as the Department of Justice explains their findings on developments that have exploded and imploded within the prison systems. When you look at these dynamics, you know the perfect storm is brewing and soon, driven by their individual beliefs and ideologies, the war inside these penitentiaries will escalate to lethal conditions. In the meantime, our government is pretty much doing nothing to combat extremism and terrorism behind bars; in fact, there appears to be a movement that condones such behaviors.

For all practical purposes, these hate crimes are driven by dominion or supremacy issues. Dominance or control of the prison yards contributes greatly and exponentially towards the increase in tension, violence and other disruptive reasons inside penitentiaries. There is a robust emphasis on strength in numbers as recruitment is actively rising and there are no clear lines or indicators if this movement will subside anytime soon.

Badass persons contribute to racial differences on purpose and design. It’s their cultural obligation or ability to enforce their code to enhance, expand or strengthen their numbers while inside prisons so their own safety, security and wellness is not jeopardized by being outnumbered or out-maneuvered by a rival gang or race as these differences brew more hate and discontent. Driven by a belief in their passion or desire to conquer a level of superiority, white, black, brown, red or yellow, and other real or pseudo supremacist prison gangs contribute to increased racial tensions and violence in American penitentiaries.

Since race is a driving influence, the next biggest factor is their religious beliefs as they must endeavor to be in harmony with their inner beliefs as well as their physical being. Not only do their activities undermine prison security, but their extreme rhetoric and animosity toward other races often stay with gang members long after their release contaminating our communities and social values in a very severe degree creating more race related hate crimes than ever before.

Prison officials estimate that up to 10 percent of the nation's prison population is affiliated with gangs. It is likely these numbers are on the low end and that closer to 25 per cent of the prison populations belong to a gang or disruptive group. One common strategy is purely based on their race and ideology - since prisoners tend to segregate themselves by race.

Because of the inner strife in our communities, this socially created pressure carries over into the  prisons and causes covert and underground deeds or the opposite, deliberately exposed activities to occur as these appear to be more of a survival approach kind of exercise than just seeking protection –such as those conditions that they would face outside penitentiary walls. Inmates already sympathetic to racist ideology become more radical in their beliefs in this racially charged prison environment.

There are many racist gangs on the streets and inside prisons. So many, it is impossible for law enforcement to track them all and keep an eye on their movement and activities. Currently, the FBI gang task force is focusing on the top racists gangs in existence that cover the white, black and brown races. All have been linked to a high number of murders, both in and out of prisons. Their crimes are countless and often misidentified and not categorized as domestic terrorism or hate crimes.

These extremist organizations encourage racist inmates by treating them as "martyrs," fueling their racist ideology through violent rhetoric. One can instantly identify the Aryan Brotherhood as one white gang but there are many similar gangs that preach the equivalent hatred and domination codes. Many are identified through motorcycle gangs etc.  In addition, there is the Nation of Islam, the Black Muslim group led by Minister Louis Farrakhan, who have has organized an extensive prison outreach program since 1984.

However, critics worry that Farrakhan's rhetoric -- including a long record of anti-Semitic and anti-white statements -- may spill over into NOI's prison outreach program and radicalize prisoners creating a larger number of extremists and radicals on our streets and prisons.  The same has been said of the white groups as well as Mexican Mafia and other gangs that roam on the streets and the prisons. All are led by badass people chosen for their courage, their boldness, innovative thinking patterns, loyalty and willingness to take risks.

Badass people do radical things as they believe they are either escape the consequences of their acts or become legitimate ‘martyrs’ for their groups and are enshrined forever with special favors and status. Since these kind of persons are risk takers, they are usually in lower custody level yards and intimidate, conduct or impose fear on those least predatory and suspecting of an attack.

These kind of badass people don’t let anything stand in their way but in time, end up in stricter custody levels due to repetitive disciplinary or misconduct that threatens their placement in lower custody penitentiaries. They are likely associated or involved in drug trafficking and other extortions games. They are unique in state of mind as they deliberately work on dominance strategies and behaviors.

A true badass will never run out of things to say but will rarely want to speak. Most are highly manipulative or exhibit strong leadership qualities that can create resolutions to find solutions to obstacles or other hard to fix problems. They have silver tongues that impacts the minds of subordinates who are willing to follow them into hell if necessary.

A badass can overcome many challenges by the creative and ingenuous means to use their mental energy, their physical force or kinetic abilities to convince, recruit, select and assemble an army of followers who helps these Badasses behind bars get themselves out of trouble and taking the fall when caught in the act of committing a crime or movement.  

Although some may not be the cleverest there is, they survive most problems with the greatest of ease as they always plan ahead and seldom do things impulsively or spontaneously like many criminals incarcerated and caught almost immediately after committing their first felony crime.  In fact, most manage to maintain a clear conduct history that allows them more freedom and abilities to move around and conduct their business inside our penitentiaries without being noticed.

A badass will find a good balance between being spontaneous and planning ahead. They adhere to a strict code and group by-laws that regulate their conduct, dealings [business] and associations. Finally, Badasses behind bars come in all races, all colors and all sizes. They break the rules in either two styles. The first being small and unnoticeable and the second is creating chaos and mass destruction.

What separates them from others is their willingness to act out when the right time comes to lead the masses into a movement that is contributory to their code, business needs and although many are associated with gangs, there are also lone wolfs who do well on their own and know how to maintain positive relationships with others as they choose what they do and say in a very specific and morally acceptable manner to avoid offending other races or gangs unless such a move is the trigger for a planned event to strike and create as much damage as possible under the circumstances.