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Proposition: Samuel Owens (Winston Churchill High School) vs. Opposition: Tania Rahman (Binghamton University)

Judge: Brian Manuel (Stanford University)

Resolution: This house believes that prisons should be abolished

  • Samuel Owens
    Samuel Owens

    Tania Rahman
    Tania Rahman
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    Posted at April 14, 2015 12:02:43AM EST by Samuel Owens



    Gilligan, James. "Punishment Fails. Rehabilitation Works." The New York Times. The New York Times, 19 Dec. 2012. Web. 13 Apr. 2015. <>.

    Posted at April 15, 2015 12:52:26AM EST by Tania Rahman



    Posted at April 16, 2015 12:15:10AM EST by Samuel Owens



    Nasreen, Talisma. "Sweden Is Closing Its Prisons. What about a Prisonless World?" No Country for Women. N.p., 03 Dec. 2013. Web. 15 Apr. 2015. <>.

    Posted at April 17, 2015 02:45:44AM EST by Tania Rahman



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    Posted at April 18, 2015 01:06:43AM EST by Samuel Owens



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    This match has been completed. Show the Decision.

    Submitted at April 19, 2015 12:05:06AM EST by Brian Manuel

    Category Samuel Owens Tania Rahman
    Use of evidence: 1.5 3.2
    Delivery skill: 1.8 3.4
    Coherence of arguments: 1 3.5
    Responsiveness to opponent: 2.5 4
    Identification of key points: 1 4.1
    Comments: You need to slow down and focus on the central questions for the debate. Rather, you aim to go for small theory arguments rather than substantive claims in this debate. I think you should have focused on the Topicality question of "what is a prison" and spent less time on the question of "This house".

    The decision is for the Opposition: Tania Rahman

    Reason for Decision:

    This debate comes down to Topicality "What is a Prison." I believe the proposition is way behind in this debate. They define prisons as moves away from the status quo and advocate for anti-prisons. However, the proposition never deals adequately with the opps broader interpretation of "what is a prison," which includes the props alternative of anti-prisons since those participating in the anti-prisons would still be serving sentences for committing a crime. Therefore, the affirmative doesn't meet the burden of topicality since they functionally advocated for reformism rather than abolition.

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