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Proposition: Melissa Pawlak (Binghamton University) vs. Opposition: Benjamin Romero (Wood River High School)

Judge: Dan Schatz (Unaffiliated)

Resolution: This house believes that prisons should be abolished

  • Melissa Pawlak
    Melissa Pawlak
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    Benjamin  Romero
    Benjamin Romero
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    Posted at April 13, 2015 08:02:25PM EST by Melissa Pawlak

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    http://www.doccs.ny.gov/FactSheets/PDF/currentfactsheet.pdf

    http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2013/oct/24/shame-our-prisons-new-evidence/

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/govbeat/wp/2014/09/20/prisons-in-these-17-states-are-filled-over-capacity/

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/14/prison-overcrowding-report_n_1883919.html

    https://smartasset.com/insights/the-economics-of-the-american-prison-system

    Posted at April 15, 2015 01:07:20AM EST by Benjamin Romero

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    Works Cited From Easybib
    "AbolishPrisons.com." AbolishPrisons.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Apr. 2015. <http://www.prisonsucks.com/abolishprisons/>.
    Guavera, Saul. "Prisons Should Not Be Abolished--Saul Guevara." The Word. The Word, 5 Apr. 2010. Web. 15 Apr. 2015. <http://thewordlasc.weebly.com/prisons-should-not-be-abolished--saul-guevara.html>.
    Herbert, Nick. "Abolitionist Criminal." The Guardian. The Guardian, 2015. Web. 4 Apr. 2015. <http%3A%2F%2Fwww.theguardian.com%2Fcommentisfree%2F2008%2Fjul%2F27%2Fprisonsandprobation.youthjustice>.
    "Prison Abolition & Alternatives." Prison Abolition & Alternatives. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Apr. 2015. <http://www.vcn.bc.ca/august10/politics/abolition_alternatives.html>.
    "What We Believe." Prison Abolition Movement. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Apr. 2015. <http://pomo.cca.edu/~randerson2/interactive1/future/prototype/what.html#three>.

    Posted at April 15, 2015 08:39:25PM EST by Melissa Pawlak

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    Posted at April 17, 2015 12:36:07AM EST by Benjamin Romero

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    Posted at April 17, 2015 04:35:43PM EST by Melissa Pawlak

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    Submitted at April 18, 2015 08:32:16PM EST by Dan Schatz

    Category Melissa Pawlak Benjamin Romero
    Use of evidence: 4.5 2.5
    Delivery skill: 4.5 2.5
    Coherence of arguments: 5 3
    Responsiveness to opponent: 5 3.4
    Identification of key points: 5.5 2.4
    Comments: You quickly identified the main points and used previous arguments to answers your opponents points. You did not use extra time that was not needed. I think you could do a better job impacting your story and really pulling in your earlier facts to instill this injustice. You need to bring in more information and data how these reforms would work. You can not just fiat a world where reforms happen without any evidence that would work. Also can try to pull your impact of allowing these people into society more, or the failures of the reforms that already exist.

    The decision is for the Proposition: Melissa Pawlak

    Reason for Decision:

    In the end it appears that while there are reform systems out there they have not been given a fair chance to help these individuals. The costs associated with jails, the harms, and the moral aspect of prison inmates seems worthy of change. I would like more information both on how the world would work both with prion reform and with outpatient rehab half-way homes. Thanks for the debate


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    Thank you too Benjamin, it was a good debating you! And thank you Dan Schatz for taking the time to watch and judge our debate. - Melissa Pawlak on April 20, 2015 at 06:39PM EST
    Thanks for the round Melissa Pawlak and thanks for judging our round Dan Schatz https://speechdebate.binghamton.edu/images/smilies/smile.gif - Benjamin Romero on April 20, 2015 at 05:07PM EST

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