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Proposition: Tania Rahman (Binghamton University) vs. Opposition: Ryan Jaffe (Winston Churchill High School)

Judge: Lucy Peterson (Bard High School Early College)

Resolution: This house believes that prisons should be abolished

  • Tania Rahman
    Tania Rahman
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    Ryan Jaffe
    Ryan Jaffe
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    Posted at April 14, 2015 01:11:13AM EST by Tania Rahman

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    Posted at April 15, 2015 01:08:13AM EST by Ryan Jaffe

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    Robbins, Ira. The Legal Dimensions of Private Incarceration. The American University Law Review, 1988. <http://www.aulawreview.org/pdfs/38/38-3/Robbins.pdf>

    Wright, Kevin. Strange Bedfellows? Reaffirming Rehabilitation and Prison Privatization. Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, 2010.
    <http://www.academia.edu/640575/Strange_Bedfellows_Private_Prisons_and_Re affirming_Rehabilitation>

    Moore, Adiran T. Private Prisons: Quality Corrections at a Lower Cost. Reason Foundation. 1999. Web. 4 Nov 2014.
    <http://reason.org/files/d14ffa18290a9aeb969d1a6c1a9ff935.pdf>.

    Hartney, Christopher & Glesmann, Caroline . Prison Bed Profiteers: How Corporations Are Reshaping Criminal Justice in the U.S. National Council on Crime and Delinquency. May 2012. Web. 4 Nov 2014.
    <http://nccdglobal.org/sites/default/files/publication_pdf/prison-bed- profiteers.pdf>.

    Gilroy, Leonard C. Public-Private Partnerships for Corrections in California: Bridging the Gap Between Crisis and Reform. Reason Foundation. April 2011. Web. 4 Nov 2014. <http://reason.org/files/private_prisons_california.pdf>.

    Parker, Clifton B. Stanford experts urge major reforms in state, local government budgeting. Stanford news. 21 Jan 2014. Web. 4 Nov 2014.
    <http://news.stanford.edu/pr/2014/pr-state-budget-crisis-012114.html>.

    Posted at April 16, 2015 01:44:43AM EST by Tania Rahman

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    Wright, Kevin. Strange Bedfellows? Reaffirming Rehabilitation and Prison Privatization. Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, 2010.
    <http://www.academia.edu/640575/Strange_Bedfellows_Private_Prisons_and_Re affirming_Rehabilitation>


    Hartney, Christopher & Glesmann, Caroline . Prison Bed Profiteers: How Corporations Are Reshaping Criminal Justice in the U.S. National Council on Crime and Delinquency. May 2012. Web. 4 Nov 2014.
    <http://nccdglobal.org/sites/default/files/publication_pdf/prison-bed- profiteers.pdf>.

    Posted at April 17, 2015 12:05:54AM EST by Ryan Jaffe

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    Posted at April 18, 2015 01:53:01AM EST by Tania Rahman

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    Submitted at April 18, 2015 11:24:10PM EST by Lucy Peterson

    Category Tania Rahman Ryan Jaffe
    Use of evidence: 5 4.5
    Delivery skill: 5 2.5
    Coherence of arguments: 4 3
    Responsiveness to opponent: 3.5 3
    Identification of key points: 5 4
    Comments: Dear Tania,
    Excellent job explaining the complexities of the debate. At times I thought you could have been more calculating and careful with your language, but your arguments incisive and passionate. You provided excellent examples and explained your points well. Furthermore, I thought you did an excellent job in your rebuttal, not only countering the arguments of the opposition by explaining the contradictions inherent in a private prison but also connecting that to your own argument in a sophisticated way. In terms of alternatives, you certainly did have one, but it was easy to forget about because you only mentioned it in the beginning and the very end. Kudos on a job well done!
    Dear Ryan,
    Nice work! You gave a very thorough constructive and you were careful to leave no stone unturned. The speed at which you spoke did make it difficult for me to follow you, and I recommend that you actually use less evidence next time and just choose a few sources that you can spend enough time on instead of rushing through a bunch of sources. While you did respond to your opponent, I did not think that you gave her arguments the respect that they deserved. Instead of avoiding the points of the opposition, try tackling them head on. I think it will challenge you to see the complexities of the issue and thus, make your argument even stronger. Keep up the good work!

    The decision is for the Proposition: Tania Rahman

    Reason for Decision:

    The win for this debate goes to the Proposition, delivered by Tania Rahman. Tania spoke clearly and precisely, noting that prisons should be abolished because they are ineffective, and that they do more to fuel American racism instead of lowering crime rates. Tania did a good job of saying that those who are imprisoned are targeted before being imprisoned, which showed that prisons, as they function today, seem to be segregating people based on race instead of based on the law. While the opposition made the argument that all of the problems with prisons can be circumvented and fixed because of the flexibility afforded to and the competitiveness between private prisons, the opposition failed to address how private prisons would accomplish reform if their sole goal is to make large profits, which the proposition pointed out, necessitates more prisoners not less. Furthermore, the opposition failed to adequately address the emphasis the proposition placed on the disproportionate number of black and hispanic people who are imprisoned, sidelining it as an unrelated issue. The proposition successfully proved race to be not only related by at the center of the debate, and the fact that the opposition did not give that argument due credit significantly weakened their argument. Thank you both!


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