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Proposition: Chiara Pride (Winston Churchill High School) vs. Opposition: David O'Neill (Binghamton University)

Judge: Min Seob Lee (Kyunghee University)

Resolution: This house believes that prisons should be abolished

  • Chiara Pride
    Chiara Pride
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    David O'Neill
    David O'Neill
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    Posted at April 13, 2015 11:44:59PM EST by Chiara Pride

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    Harris et. all 2014, POLICY MEMO | MAY 2014 Ten Economic Facts about Crime and Incarceration in the United States, Hamiltion Project, Brookings Institute http://www.hamiltonproject.org/files/downloads_and_links/v8_THP_10CrimeFacts.pdf

    Queer (In)Justice: The Criminalization of LGBT People in the United States (Queer Action/Queer Ideas Book), http://www3.alternet.org/story/149873/queer_injustice%3A_the_widespread_sexual_abuse_lgbt_people_face_in_prison

    Reform language and attempts are only surface deep, Shenwar 2014
    Maya Shenwar, Locked Down, Locked Out: Why Prison Doesn't Work and How We Can Do Better (Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2014)
    http://www.alternet.org/books/what-if-we-abolished-prisons

    Posted at April 14, 2015 09:41:45PM EST by David O'Neill

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    Farmer v. Brennan (92-7247), 511 U.S. 825 (1994)

    Posted at April 15, 2015 11:34:29PM EST by Chiara Pride

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    Posted at April 16, 2015 10:11:16PM EST by David O'Neill

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    Posted at April 18, 2015 12:39:50AM EST by Chiara Pride

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    Submitted at April 18, 2015 11:07:03AM EST by Min Seob Lee

    Category Chiara Pride David O'Neill
    Use of evidence: 4 3.2
    Delivery skill: 3.6 3.6
    Coherence of arguments: 3.6 3.6
    Responsiveness to opponent: 3.4 4.1
    Identification of key points: 3.5 4.3
    Comments: If you have any further questions, please send message to me. It was good debate but there are somethings you could have improved. If you have any further questions, please send message to me. It was good debate but there are somethings you could have improved.

    The decision is for the Opposition: David O'Neill

    Reason for Decision:

    In the terms of definition, opposition speaker pointed out well the flaws of proposition speaker. But even if I disregard this issue, there are other reasons for this decision.

    1st, proposition speaker didn't explain the mechanisms to guarantee the solvency of the problems of prison, and she didn't provide enough explanation that what the possible positive result from her suggestion was. In comparison, opposition speaker pointed out what the bad results following abolishing prison. This issue was decisive factor of this debate.

    2nd, unemployment and poverty issue was also good points from both sides. But in the case of proposition, please explain next time what the inherent characteristics of prison system occur this problem, and why abolishing prison is the best solution. In the case of opposition, please explain next time how letting current status quo can be justified or how your model can deal with this issue more effectively.

    It was good debate. I personally like both of your speeches. For the winner, I encourage you to do better in the future rounds, and for the runner-up, I also encourage you to do better in your future tournaments.

    Thank you very much for reading this decision.


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    Thank you judge for your advice and input. I appreciate the time you took to review the debate. Thank you Chiara for a spirited and great debate! I was actually really nervous because this is my second ever debate. I wish you luck in your future endeavors and am confident you will succeed. - David O'Neill on April 18, 2015 at 11:28AM EST

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