Jan 14, 201501:24 PMBlaska's Bring It!
with David Blaska
In progressive Madison, perpetrators are victims, police are enemies
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• The sheriff has already released as many inmates on diversion programs as the safety of the community will permit. At any one time, 110 to 150 convicts are in the community under electronic supervision, and another 150 are in work release in the Huber Center — reducing the jail’s daily population by 50%. I told the committee, “Jail is the answer, not the problem.” Representing the UW-Madison campus, Supervisor Leland Pan wondered, in all tie-dyed naiveté, how the jail population could be increasing while crime decreased. I suggested cause and effect.
• The bad guys are in the jail. Having sat through Public Protection committee discussion, I heard everything about serving jail inmates and nothing about protecting the public. Yes, treat AODA and other mental health problems. But a shot of penicillin won’t cure those chronic — and often intractable — conditions. The success rate is not great. There is one thing imprisonment does very well. It removes the bad actors from fragile communities struggling to do the things necessary to succeed: to go to school, get a job, build a stable family, save for the future in a neighborhood of good role models. Young and Foolish “demands” the City of Madison “expel what we consider an occupying force in our neighborhoods” — namely, the police. “Our people need opportunities for self-determination, not policing.” Actually, “their neighborhoods” have every opportunity to for self-determination. That’s another way of saying:
• People are responsible for the choices they make. For God’s sake, Madison, quit treating perpetrators as victims, the police as enemies, and racial minorities as unable to make better decisions. Stay out of jail. Quit doing crime. Take some pride.
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