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, October 3, 2015

Chuck Ryan is failing Arizona as a teacher and a leader

Chuck Ryan is not a teacher or leader -

Most of us know the basics of being a good leader. Leadership is an essential core value of running a state agency and must exist to direct, promote and implement the mission of that agency. Our prison director, Chuck Ryan has failed in all relevant roles as a leader and competent agency director. He continues to blame others for his own shortcomings and refuses to admit he has stalled this one billion prison agency to a deadbeat track where people are dying, staff are leaving and money for services is staggering.

Not only has he lacked sound leadership qualities but he have dropped the ball on teaching others to excel as his beliefs of ‘lessons learned’ are far from acceptable by any educational standard. Good teaching reveals values you possess and want to instill on others. This means sharing these values and communicating effective principles and tools to do so. My beliefs about learning is that you are only as good as your mentor or teacher who taught you directly or indirectly and passed on their experiences as well as your own to make a positive contribution to the field or profession chosen.

For the past six years I have observed Chuck Ryan in the teaching field and find him severely lacking the skill and knowledge to do it right. His teaching skills are not effective and develop no bond between the student and teacher relationship – which is because of the fear culture that he allowed to develop as failures meant discipline or demotions except for his own shortcomings. Core values in sound teachings are missing. Even today those elements are being ignored.

There are 4 aspects of learning: relationship, communication, techniques and continuous learning opportunities. With prison policies in mind, there is a complexity that is perpetually changing. New information is gathered daily and it’s imperative to stay up to date and be open-minded. A value Ryan does not possess.

Arizona is being short-changed of an education that could develop future leaders and bring this vital tool to the front as education is power and knowledge, an essential value that allows anyone to accomplish anything they desire in life within their span of control or learning abilities. The goal is to treat each professional the ability to attain the same educational level in every way they are capable of through opportunities provided.

Under the current administration, professional staff cannot be self-expressive. They are not able to express their own personal or profession views on things presented in the strategy room. It is believed that learning is a process where a person acquires knowledge through leadership, instruction and teaching. The manner this is facilitated is of the utmost importance. Approach determines response. This is a framework of a reliable concept proving that the learning process can be developed even under critical situations if the environment is safe and free from harsh or undue criticism and open dialogues.

Participation is a key factor of the learning experience. It gives the leader, the mentor or teacher, a form of daily feedback from his subjects as a whole and equally from each individual taught as they grasp the subject matter covered in each session.