When race is all you see, race is all you get

Using the ‘Prism of Equity’ we can see
the Dane County Board is race cra-zee!

The Derail the Jail crowd is not the only ones who can rhyme their doggerel.

Justice is personified as a blindfolded lady holding a balance scale. But Dane County, like the Emerald City and other bastions of liberal-progressive-socialism, has removed the blindfold and is viewing the world through “a racial equity lens.”

Lens of equity

Using the Prism of Equity, I don’t see people, I see only color

The elected inhabitants of the City County Building in downtown Madison are intoxicated with race — snot-flinging, staggering-down-State Street drunk on race.

There are not enough stone monuments in ancient cemeteries to sandblast clean for the progressives on the county board and city council to atone for past injustices. They’re trying oh-so-hard to shed their white privilege, to allay their liberal guilt, to signal their superior virtue.

We said to their faces Wednesday that the Dane County Board of Supervisors has been mau-maued by the racial extremists.

This county board is viewing everything — we do mean everything — through a “racial equity lens.” You play the identity politics game, you get bit by the race card.

Do we exaggerate? Now being considered by county supervisors is a resolution that would push their beaks — like hypnotized chickens into a line in the sand — of permanent racial consciousness in all they do and say.

How will this affect taxpayers? You bigot!

It is Resolution 249 “Incorporating Equity Questions Into County Agendas.” For, on every agenda for every board meeting, committee meeting, county commission these four “equity questions”:

1) Who benefits?
2) Who is burdened?
3) Who does not have a voice at the table?
4) How can policymakers mitigate unintended consequences?

Now, one could cavil that that is the job description of every legislator at any level of government. Given current policies enacted here in Madison WI, those of an irascible disposition might respond:

  1. The special pleaders
  2. Taxpayers
  3. Taxpayers and the 50%-plus of the citizenry who are conservatives or moderate
  4. Quit paying for Free Stuff, quit handcuffing the police, quit trying to micro-manage virtue.

But that kind of insensitivity marks one as someone who would refuse to kneel with Colin Kaepernick. No, the Four Equity Questions are being pressed into service of The Dane County Board Equity Plan. The Equity Plan “currently” (it says that in the resolution) has five goals:

Goal 1: Increase racial equity education.
Goal 2: Increase staff diversity and inclusion.
Goal 3: Increase the learning platform for supervisor and community on racial equity.
Goal 4: Incorporate a racial equity template into committee agendas and budgets.
Goal 5: Develop local and national partnerships to advance racial equity.

It says right in Resolution 249:

Incorporating the equity questions into the template of the county agendas will help to insure that decision makers consider items with the prism of equity at the forefront.

The Prism of Equity. Wasn’t that in Harry Potter?

Dane County Board has gone full-bore Kaepernick

This isn’t the fever dream of some fringe group on the 37-member board. Res 249’s principal author is County Board chairman Sharon Corrigan of Middleton. Co-signers are second vice chair Shelia Stubbs of south Madison, Carousel Bayrd of Madison’s west side, Jerry Bollig of Oregon, Nikole Jones of Cross Plains, Mary Kolar of downtown Madison, Robin Schmidt of Monona, and Hayley Young of the UW campus.

That’s how totally the Institutional Left has taken over this county board. Because, you see, Dane County government is so discriminatory toward People Of Color.

Which is why Dane County is considering investing in an ever-smaller, if more hospitable, jail. Because, deep down, they agree with Freedom Inc., Madison Socialist Alternative, Our Wisconsin Revolution-Dane County, Young Gifted and Black, and Progressive Dane that — as one of Wednesday’s Derail the Jail chanters claimed, the “entire justice system” is systemically racist.

Off with your blindfolds, knuckle-dragging holdouts! Only the Prism of Equity can remove the stain of racism from Dane County — the new Mississippi Burning of the 21st Century.

Contact the county supervisors and demand they enact all phases of the County Jail Plan for Safer Communities. The jail is part of the budget to be decided November 20.

Meanwhile, in the real word: State prisons are running out of space.

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Dane County Board plays identity politics, gets played by identity politics

Suggesting crime fills out jail, not racism, is ‘inflammatory’

I will say this for Sharon Corrigan, chairman of the Dane County Board. The lady runs a good meeting.

For awhile Wednesday night, at what amounted to a public hearing on the proposed $76 million smaller-but-healthier jail, it looked like a mini-riot might break out. WMTV-15 reported:

The meeting got heated as one man who took the podium made inflammatory remarks toward the African-American community regarding incarceration. NBC15 is following up on that speaker’s statements and reaction from attendees of the meeting.

You can guess who that “one man” was, and is. The proprietor of the Blaska Policy Werkes was wrapping up his allotted 5 minutes of compelling testimony when he observed that had Tony Terrell Robinson Jr. been given one year in the proposed new jail instead of probation for his armed robbery conviction, he might be alive today to observe his 22nd birthday. 

That being due to the treatment he might have received for his chronic drug abuse and mental health services to address his anger and violence issues. But the “one man” didn’t get that far before shouts of “Racist” filled the room, along with other imprecations pertaining to body parts best left unseen. 

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See you 5 p.m. TONIGHT (Wednesday, October 18) to honor Law Enforcement!

UPDATE from Madison Police Chief Mike Koval: 

When the news cycle seems to be dominated by discussions of the appropriateness of “taking a knee,” (As a constitutional officer of the court, I pledged to protect and defend constitutional rights and freedoms so the recent diatribes from all directions on this issue is moot; although I also have the prerogative of expressing my views–off duty–and have canceled my all-access subscription to viewing NFL games), tonight will provide many of my sisters and brothers in uniform an opportunity to “stand up” for something.  For tonight, there will be a short vigil taking place up at the Law Enforcement Memorial (located at the corner of N. Pinckney and E. Mifflin).  Starting at 5pm, a ceremony will be held that marks the restoration of the Memorial which was desecrated with paint a number of weeks ago.

Police apprec KovalThe Law Enforcement Memorial bears the name of those selfless servant leaders who paid the ultimate sacrifice.  In a time when we are bombarded with a celebrity culture that accords and rewards surreal figures who are self-absorbed with advancing the interests of “me, myself, and I,” it is only fitting that we re-boot and take a moment to draw upon those who were willing to don a bullet-proof vest and stand in harms way in defense of a complete stranger.

I am indebted to the grass roots activism that seized upon this vigil as an opportunity to affirm values that many of us have spent our entire professional lives trying to live.  In an era where there is a paucity of “role models” for our kids to look up to, one need only look as far as those who are still laboring on the front lines of the military and protective services (Police/Fire/EMT’s) as a surety that some things have withstood and will endure the test of time for character and commitment!

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Dane County is building a jail through a ‘racial equity lens’

Part #4: The myth of ‘institutional racism’


featured on Dane County Board jail consultant Pam Oliver’s website

What does a progressive jail look like? Dane County is about to find out.

A progressive jail would treat mental illness, avoid solitary confinement, train and educate as much as incarcerate. Fair enough.

But here are the maddening part. The reconfigured jail would accommodate fewer inmates, even though Dane County is the fastest-growing county (by total numbers) in the state: 91 fewer after the first phase — a 9% reduction.

As consultants Mead & Hunt reported: “No new beds should be added to the system, as recommended by the County Board.”

Even more maddening, some of Madison’s most disreputable protestors and scofflaws and some of the university’s most radical sociologists played a major role in setting guidelines for the jail — to the exclusion of any neighborhood safety group, business interest, or service club. Not a single moderate/conservative was included in its planning stages.

No wonder the board’s Public Protection & Judiciary Committee PP&J “further recommends that overall reform of the criminal justice system being undertaken by the Criminal Justice Council and others proceeds as rapidly as possible to divert individuals from the criminal justice system.Continue reading

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Madison’s Left wants to ‘Derail the Jail’

Part #3: Even though it would be a hospital in a jail

Sheriff Dave Mahoney wants to rebuild the county jail to accommodate mental health, drug and alcohol treatment, and job skill training. At $76 million, a safer jail for both inmates and his deputies. More humane but less capacity — 9% fewer inmate beds.

County Executive Joe Parisi, good Democrat that he is, proposes a capital budget for fiscal 2018 that would would actually REDUCE jail capacity by 91 beds — from 1,013 to 922. Dane County’s hired consultants Mead & Hunt recorded the limitation:

No new beds should be added to the system, as recommended by the County Board.

To add insult to injury, the board’s Public Protection & Judiciary Committee adopted a motion by Far-Left Supv. Carousel Bayrd to delete any reference to completing a second phase recommended by the county’s hired consultants that would increase capacity a bit.

Would you be surprised if Madison’s perpetually aggrieved Left is STILL opposed?  Continue reading

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Will the new jail be less safe as well as smaller? 

Part #2: a missed opportunity?

Dane County’s Public Safety Building was always a compromise. Now, 25 years after it was designed, county officials are preparing to bake another half a loaf at a cost of $76 million. A jail with smaller inmate capacity and “challenges” to prevent Huber Act work-release prisoners from bringing contraband into the consolidated jail.

The county’s jail consultants originally proposed a more grandiose — and expensive — plan. When the county balked (understandably), consultants Mead & Hunt proposed a third option, to be built in three phases. The first phase adds four floors (4½ counting the build-out of the roof penthouse) to replace the antiquated jail space atop the City County Building next door and the Ferris work-release inmate center on Rimrock Road. (See Part #1: Less is more?)


The Ferris (Huber Law) work-release center on Rimrock Road

Even so, the build-up will REDUCE jail capacity by 91 beds — from 1,013 to 922. But modern jails today are more than rows of cells out of a Jimmy Cagney movie. They are oriented around community pods. And they are service-oriented. The proposed new jail will be something of a mental health hospital as well as an occupational training center. Something like the accompanying photo.

So consultants proposed two follow-up phases: the first to swap out the first three floors of the Public Safety Building (PSB) for more jail and treatment space, which would increase inmate capacity by 28; the second to build a new home for the sheriff’s department and emergency operations. That would cost another $38 million to bring the total cost of the project to $108 million.

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