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Proposition: Bianca Anderson (Binghamton University) vs. Opposition: Ubu Suzuki (Chiba Kokusai High School)

Judge: Emme Davis (Waterman Elementary School)

Resolution: This house believes that prisons should be abolished

  • Bianca Anderson
    Bianca Anderson
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    Ubu Suzuki
    Ubu Suzuki
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    Posted at April 13, 2015 10:36:15PM EST by Bianca Anderson

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    http://www.bjs.gov/content/reentry/reentry.cfm

    http://www.bjs.gov/index.cfm?ty=tp&tid=17

    http://www.drugpolicy.org/new-solutions-drug-policy/brief-history-drug-war

    http://mic.com/articles/86519/19-actual-statistics-about-america-s-prison-system
    http://money.cnn.com/magazines/business2/business2_archive/2006/12/01/8394995/

    Posted at April 15, 2015 01:54:59AM EST by Ubu Suzuki

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    Posted at April 15, 2015 04:36:53PM EST by Bianca Anderson

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    http://www.vera.org/pubs/special/price-prisons-what-incarceration-costs-taxpayers

    Posted at April 17, 2015 02:59:01AM EST by Ubu Suzuki

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    Posted at April 17, 2015 04:46:04PM EST by Bianca Anderson

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    Submitted at April 19, 2015 11:18:14AM EST by Emme Davis

    Category Bianca Anderson Ubu Suzuki
    Use of evidence: 4 2.3
    Delivery skill: 3.5 2.5
    Coherence of arguments: 3 2.5
    Responsiveness to opponent: 3 2.3
    Identification of key points: 3.3 3.3
    Comments: It was good strategy to focus your argument on non-violent crimes. I think you should mention that your opponent's arguments mainly refer to violent crimes, and they do not address non-violent crimes. For example, why should someone's future job employment prospects be destroyed because of a petty drug charge?

    I think you can better apply the data and arguments from your opening speech more throughout the debate. For example, your opponent claims that prisons serve as a deterrent but you cite evidence that there is a high chance for recidivism which means that prisons aren't deterring action; people need ways out of the cycle.
    Your points on violent crime are very good, but you should have specific arguments to how prisons deter non-violent crimes (such as drugs and prostitution).

    Your point about the cost of the Proposition's educational programs should also be emphasized. The proposition claims that the states are concerned about money. That's why prisons are already overpopulated. If prisoners are released. it could cost MORE money to build new educational facilities or develop new educational curricula to prevent prisoners from coming back to prison.

    Next time, also try to read towards the computer. Your face was reading down for most of the debate.

    The decision is for the Proposition: Bianca Anderson

    Reason for Decision:

    The Proposition puts forward several arguments why non-violent offenders should not be imprisoned. Many of the Opposition's arguments of why prisons are good apply primarily to violent offenders.


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