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.