Nov 8, 201510:00 AMBlaska's Bring It!
with David Blaska
Jail inmates wash their own clothes? 12 days a slave!
The Left’s war on public safety continues. (Quentin Tarantino is its honorary generalissimo.)
Dane County taxpayers are paying for three hots and a cot, along with mental health and substance abuse treatment, for local jail inmates at a cost of $875 per inmate, per week. Figure an average daily jail population of 750 inmates and you start running into some serious money.
Might we save a few dollars AND provide some rehabilitation by requiring said inmates to do a little work for their supper? Cue the choirs of liberal-progressive-socialist Cassandras!
Consultants retained by the county recommend jail inmates could operate the laundry, saving $100,000 a year. And putting idle people to work.
Plop! That was the sound of the well-worn race card being played face up. Plus some union jobs, uber alles, sing along.
The Madison-Area Urban Ministry says County Exec Joe Parisi’s plan to put inmates to work “replaces decent-paying union jobs often held by Latino workers in our community with the unpaid, slave labor of jail inmates — a disproportionate number of whom are people of color.”
Slavery! People of color! Shouldn’t there be an equivalent to Godwin’s Law? Sooner or later, some liberal-progressive-socialist will equate due process punishment with slavery? Doesn’t that trivialize the whips and chains of actual, sunup to sundown labor of American slavery?
Madison-Area Urban Ministry director Linda Ketcham and her 25 signatories referenced the Young & Foolish message that too many minorities are being jailed, regardless of their crimes.
At a time when we are looking for ways to reduce the disparities in our community, when we are looking for ways to increase equity and opportunity in our community, the … proposal regarding the jail laundry seems to fly in the face of that effort.
Succor from President Obama, of course. While he ponders closing Gitmo and sending its terrorists to America’s heartland, he is releasing 6,000 inmates early from federal prison, Politico reports.
“We’re fooling the public when we tell them we’re releasing nonviolent drug offenders,” said Steven Cook, head of the National Association of Assistant U.S. Attorneys, who noted downward trends in crime are thanks to the current system of tough sentences.
“… letting people out of prison is relatively easy. … The problem is, no one, including Obama, believes they’re ready to re-enter society. Nationwide, about two-thirds of former inmates will be arrested again within three years of release,” Cook said.
The irony is that Young & Foolish opposes Dane County Sheriff David Mahoney’s call for more mental health and substance-abuse treatment in an expanded jail. They want black inmates released, unpunished and — because there is nothing to hold them — untreated.
Consultants Mead & Hunt also recommended inmates prepare their own food, saving a cool $1 million; that’s not in the 2016 budget proposal, unfortunately.
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