A real solution to Madison’s epidemic of juvenile crime

Work and learn at ‘Anisa Scott Prep’

We are late to this debate, what to do with the 72-acre Oscar Mayer site, now growing weeds on Madison’s northeast side. 

The City of Madison has signaled spending $300 million on that and the surrounding 350 acres on housing, retail, and parkland. The gray lab coats  have a better idea. (“When better ideas are hatched, Blaska Policy Werkes will hatch them.”)

We propose a secure, residential middle/high school for troubled youth. Dane County would partner with the State of Wisconsin to replace the troubled Lincoln Hills up north but on a regional basis, serving surrounding counties as well. 

Way overdue. How many more National Merit scholars and 11-year-old girls must die before we heed Police Captain Mike Hanson * and admit what we’re doing now (or not doing now) ain’t working.

Oscar Mayer site

Some “residents” will be court-ordered, others will be voluntarily admitted by their parent(s). State law should be tweaked to hold adult parents responsible for the criminal actions of their juvenile progeny. That would increase voluntary commitments.

What a great use for the old Oscar Mayer plant! Or, at least, the southern half of it extending from the 273,000-square foot office building (at center left in photograph). It could serve as dormitory and school. Rip out most of the asphalt, turn it into playing fields and a small produce farm. With tractors! The out buildings could house dairy cows and chickens, milked and managed by the residents. Food preparation, welding classes, carpentry as well as college-bound classwork. Blazers with a school crest, inter-school sports, chaperoned field trips. All surrounded by a 10-foot high fence!

NO TRUANCY! No back sass! No victimhood! Instead: work, responsibility, and pride! 

* Captain Mike Hanson: “We really need to look at the totality of the circumstances between silos, between the criminal justice system itself, state laws, and start from scratch and say we have a problem,” Hanson said. “We have a problem that we’re arresting a 14-year-old for his fifth time stealing a car. We have a problem where these youth are committing shootings where innocent people are struck or even killed. Until that message resonates at higher levels than I, in the state legislature and the state government, we’re going to still be here at Groundhog’s Day.”

Blaska’s Bottom Line: Much greater need than that stupid food court. Name it after Anisa Scott and Anthony Chung.

What do YOU think of our brilliant idea?

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18 Responses to A real solution to Madison’s epidemic of juvenile crime

  1. Good Dog,Happy Man says:

    It’d be a shame if all the young Talented and Gifted Makistanis didn’t have a campus of their own.

    A proglobotic prison would serve all the safe-space seeking, secular-progressive socialist snowflakes.


  2. Mike Schroeder says:

    Good idea, but it should be done by Dane County, could include a new convict jail (post court no need to be downtown) then no need to spend $$ on the courthouse jail. The production areas of this plant are mostly large open spaces that can be easily made into just about any type of facility without the expense of building an entirely new structure. Bottom line this could be a good money saving investment for Dane County..

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  3. Gary Kriewald says:

    Don’t you know that the real cryiing need in Madison is for a Public Market (the “public” in this case being pampered liberal elites)? How else can we show we’re in step with Seattle and Portland?


  4. Amos Roe says:

    “Rip out most of the asphalt, turn it into playing fields and a small produce farm. With tractors! The out buildings could house dairy cows and chickens, milked and managed by the residents. Food preparation, welding classes, carpentry as well as college-bound classwork. Blazers with a school crest, inter-school sports, chaperoned field trips.”

    A most excellent proposal and one I’d be willing to see an increase in my taxes to pay for. The food production/gardening thing has been proven to work at adult prisons. I think growing food is also mentally and physically important for those of us who are fortunate enough to have avoided prison in an ever-increasingly institutionalized, brutal and authoritarian world. I wait for the day when the rulers of Madison’s White Plantation find the human decency to begin treating our youth – of whatever color – as individuals, rather than worthless fodder it is using to further its inhumane ideology of control and repression.

    Will liberation from the Plantation ever come, or will Madison’s educational masters indeed succeed in tearing apart this country by its program of racist indoctrination of our youth? Unfortunately, right now it’s very hard to be optimistic.

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  5. AdamC says:

    I cannot believe our incompetent stubborn mayor, Satyaphatassdown, facing millions draining out of city coffers and even millions more in lost revenues, continues to pay city employees for not working while committing money we don’t have to massive projects (like the stupid overdone public market) we don’t need. Meanwhile active neglect of the boarded-up State Street business corridor.


    • Batman says:

      If the Big Boss would pull her snoot out of the trough of Little Debbies (her groupies keep fully stocked) long enough to notice what is going on in Madison perhaps she would actually do something meaningful and necessary. Satya’s wife is becoming increasingly impatient but they barely speak anymore.


  6. Mark 78 says:

    Nice thoughts, but this will never work because it is inconsistent with Democrat beliefs. If you want Democrats to do anything, you need to make it to their financial advantage. Money and power are all that matter. Learn it, Live it, Love it.

    For this idea to work you need to start with staffing. All staff will be unionized. NO EXCEPTIONS. Overtime, of course, to cover contractual paid time off. I’m thinking three staff per student to start. Pitch it as a Brenda Konkel style jobs program.

    School blazers for the youth is a cute idea, but should be paired with designer uniforms for the entire paid workforce. Epaulets for administrators for virtue signaling seems appropriate. Oh, and a Tony Evers portrait in every room, like a loving big brother.

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  7. Fritzdercat says:

    I think it would be a nice gesture if the folks at Epic picked up the cost and said the school could be built out there.

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  8. Bill says:

    I think it all comes down to personal responsibility. The more you except the responsibility for how your life comes out, the more successful you are in life. I love the idea of using the old Oscar Mayer site as well as the old Epic site on Madison’s west side. As Moses said to the Pharaoh, “Let my people go”, we must unbind the All People of this country from the shackles of slavery to the government and teach them how to be free to earn and live on their own without the government.

    In my opinion, there is far, far, too much dependence on the government to provide for everyday living in this country. It is time we get away from that model and move to a more independent model.

    Yes, it is hard work if you don’t make a lot of money. I work 6 days a week for the mere pittance that I make but am happy as I can be for I am free to do with my life as I want. I need no government “master” to tell me what I can or cannot do.

    In short, I have learned to be as free as I can. Those who are dependent on the government will never be free.


    • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

      “Those who are dependent on the government will never be free.”

      Lefty’s END GAME? Catching wild pigs with free $#!t:

      Find a suitable place in the woods and put corn on the ground. The pigs find it and begin to come every day to eat the free food.

      When they’re used to coming every day, put a fence down one side of the place where they are used to coming. When they get used to the fence, they begin to eat the corn again, then you put up another side of the fence.

      They get used to that and start to eat again; continue until you have all four sides of the fence up with a gate in the last side. When the pigs, used to the free corn, come through the gate for the free $#!t, you slam the gate and catch them all.

      Suddenly the wild pigs have lost their freedom; they run around and around inside the fence, but they are caught. Soon they go back to eating the free corn; they are so used to the free $#!t that they’ve forgotten how to forage for themselves, and thus accept their captivity.

      If this is too simplistic, Friedrich Hayek’s The Road To Serfdom fleshes it out a tad.

      The Gotch


  9. Bill says:


    Having read the “Road to Serfdom” myself, I couldn’t agree more.

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  10. georgessson says:

    Re-installin’ the sausage slicers would be a real boon to potential discipline problems. Jes’ sayin’….


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