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Binghamton Speech & Debate

Proposition: Casey Paul Heed (Binghamton University) vs. Opposition: Paul H. Lim (NEI Education)

Judge: Halli Tripe (Unaffiliated)

Resolution: This house believes that prisons should be abolished

  • Casey Paul Heed
    Casey Paul Heed

    Paul H. Lim
    Paul H. Lim
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    Posted at April 14, 2015 02:55:40AM EST by Casey Paul Heed



    Here is a pic of inmates abusing a fellow inmate who refused to join a gang:

    Stats for the worst gangs in the world: Aryan brotherhood is thought to be responsible for 20 percent of all prison murders in US

    -Rape in Prison: The DOJ reports that 70,000 prisoners are sexually abused every year, and assaults, fights, and other acts of violence are common in a prison setting.

    The American prison system has been described as a "sexual jungle," where there are predators and prey. Experts say some prison officials quietly permit rape as a way to control the population.
    "Where the predators the more violent, powerful inmates are in effect being given a bribe or a reward to cooperate with the prison authorities," says Harvard University criminologist Dr. James Gilligan. "As long as they cooperate, the prison authorities will permit them to have their victims."

    -Over Population: The US currently incarcerates 1 in nearly 100 American adults.
    From 1980 to 2008, the number of people incarcerated in America quadrupled-from roughly 500,000 to 2.3 million people
    Today, the US is 5% of the World population and has 25% of world prisoners.
    Combining the number of people in prison and jail with those under parole or probation supervision, 1 in ever y 31 adults, or 3.2 percent of the population is under some form of correctional control

    -Economic strain- keeping economically strained, more money could go to education:
    Department Of Corrections Funding:
    Annual budget: $2.5 billion
    Average annual cost per inmate: $42,800
    Estimated cost for Obamas new proposal to make community college free: $6 billion

    -Unjust punishments
    -False convictions: Conviction of a man overturned after 30 years in prison for murder overturned due to DNA evidence
    Last year saw a record high number of exonerations, with 125 convictions overturned nationwide, according to a report by the National Registry of Exonerations. A small number of those about 17% were due to DNA testing. According to the registry, more than 1,500 wrongful convictions have been overturned since 1989.

    -Racial profiling (judges accept bribes)
    African Americans now constitute nearly 1 million of the total 2.3 million incarcerated population
    African Americans are incarcerated at nearly six times the rate of whites
    Together, African American and Hispanics comprised 58% of all prisoners in 2008, even though African Americans and Hispanics make up approximately one quarter of the US population
    According to Unlocking America, if African American and Hispanics were incarcerated at the same rates of whites, today's prison and jail populations would decline by approximately 50%
    One in six black men had been incarcerated as of 2001. If current trends continue, one in three black males born today can expect to spend time in prison during his lifetime
    1 in 100 African American women are in prison
    About 14 million Whites and 2.6 million African Americans report using an illicit drug
    5 time as many Whites are using drugs as African Americans, yet African Americans are sent to prison for drug offenses at 10 times the rate of Whites

    -Psychological damage: Almost 70% of people who have been incarcerated are arrested again within three years, and the dire state of mental health care in prisons could play a significant role in this high rate of recidivism.
    PTSD, anxiety, depression, substance abuse, ostracizing of society on convicted persons

    Posted at April 15, 2015 12:41:57AM EST by Paul H. Lim



    Time: 4:46

    Posted at April 16, 2015 01:47:54AM EST by Casey Paul Heed



    Posted at April 17, 2015 02:54:36AM EST by Paul H. Lim



    Time: 3:53

    Thank you Judge Halli Tripe and Opponent Casey Heed for your time in this fun debate!

    Posted at April 17, 2015 11:46:01PM EST by Casey Paul Heed




    This match has been completed. Show the Decision.

    Submitted at April 18, 2015 04:14:06PM EST by Halli Tripe

    Category Casey Paul Heed Paul H. Lim
    Use of evidence: 2 3
    Delivery skill: 4 4
    Coherence of arguments: 3 3
    Responsiveness to opponent: 2.7 3
    Identification of key points: 2.7 3.3
    You should explain more how the alternatives to prison would work. You mention them at the beginning, but you should do more of explaining A) what the alternatives are, and the effectiveness of those alternatives.
    You need to cite your sources in the speech.

    What is the impact of your opponent going over time? Tell me that this is a voting issue in your speech rather than leaving it for me to decide. Or, you could say the impact is that I should not evaluate any of the arguments that were made after the time had elapsed.
    Good cross-application of your jobs argument against her economy argument.

    The decision is for the Opposition: Paul H. Lim

    Reason for Decision:

    This argument about going over time is, in my opinion, a waste of time. It is not impacted until the second opposition speech (it should have been impacted in the first speech), and I am not convinced that this is not a voting issue. I would have preferred that this time be spent on more substantive issues in the debate.

    I vote for the opposition. This was a close debate.
    Prison can be reformed instead of being abolished, as proved by the increasing quality of prisons in California. The proposition does not have a strong argument against reform.
    Rehabilitation can be added to prisons, rather than getting rid of prisons. The opposition does not have a good argument against this besides saying it would take up space and cost money. However, I think that these arguments apply equally to the propositions arguments about building new rehabilitation centers outside of the prisons.
    The proposition's argument that drug decriminalization would lead to an increase in drug activity is not really warranted, nor is it impacted. Therefore, I do not think this is a significant disadvantage against the oppositions proposed reforms.
    I also buy the oppositions arguments that reforms would solve overcrowding, which would decrease incidences of prison rape.
    This was a good debate! Good job to both debaters.

    1 Comment

    Thank you for taking the time into judging this round! Also, thank you Casey for your time in this debate, I had a lot of fun. - Paul H. Lim on April 18, 2015 at 04:29PM EST

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