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All Woke Up: No inmates, only ‘residents’

MADISON — Azim M. Abdul-Ahad is facing felony charges of first-degree reckless endangerment and bail-jumping for his involvement in a shootout last November on Madison’s East Side. Police believe Abdul-Ahad, who was wearing a court-ordered GPS bracelet at the time, fired shots in the shootout in which a stray bullet barely missed a 3-year-old child.

He’s awaiting trial at the Dane County Jail, where he is no longer described as a prisoner or an inmate but a “resident.” That’s the new directive from new Dane County Sheriff Kalvin Barrett.

“How one views themselves matters,” Barrett said of the Woke word du jour for the people who commit crimes — many of them violent — and are ordered to go to jail.

“This proactive approach to our criminal justice reform is going to allow us to move towards a 21st century policing mindset in which we treat everyone within our community with dignity, respect and humanity,” the sheriff said.

The little kid who was inches away from being shot or killed wasn’t treated with much dignity, respect and humanity. Those are niceties reserved for the “residents” of Dane County’s jail.

“Changing the name of inmates to resident gives them a sense of belonging,” Dane County Supervisor and state Rep. Shelia Stubbs (D-Madison) said, according to ABC 7.

Yes, that’s what you want, the “residents” feeling like they belong in prison — or place of residence, as the case may be.

“When we give them a place of belonging and we call them residents instead of inmate, or call them resident instead of offender, because they may have offended one person but it doesn’t mean they have offended everyone,” Stubbs said.

Of course we wouldn’t want to offend offenders, like Travis Stackhouse, who was sentenced in June for the 2019 death of his 5-year-old son, Ameer. The little boy died from a ruptured stomach and other injuries after dad beat him to death for eating a piece of his Father’s Day cheesecake, according to the criminal complaint.

In Woke Land, Stackhouse is serving 20. years in residence.

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5 thoughts on “All Woke Up: No inmates, only ‘residents’

  • We should really do one better for those in prison who have experienced such inequality. Instead of residents, why not clients? Yes….I like how that rings….so truthful and much more inclusive. As a client they can pretty well negotiate and even form a union to dictate terms of their ’employment’ at the DOC. A yearly list of what is and is not permissible would be great for starters.

  • “Changing the name of inmates to resident gives them a sense of belonging,” Dane County Supervisor and state Rep. Shelia Stubbs (D-Madison) said, according to ABC 7.

    I always thought it was the jailers knowing their names without looking at the booking sheet that gave them the “sense of belonging”.

  • They are criminals period and that is what they should be called, residents my ass
    Who is this fool we have for a Sheriff
    The real residents of Dane County need to vote this fool out of office

  • “How one views themselves matters,”…dead wrong, it’s how civilized society sees them that counts. You can call a rotten apple a rose but it still stinks.

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