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Proposition: Fiona Tarzy (Binghamton University) vs. Opposition: Lainey Anderson (Wood River High School)

Judge: Jevon Henry (The University of the West Indies)

Resolution: This house believes that prisons should be abolished

  • Fiona Tarzy
    Fiona Tarzy
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    Lainey Anderson
    Lainey Anderson
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    Posted at April 20, 2015 12:59:50AM EST by Fiona Tarzy

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    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/04/racial-disparities-criminal-justice_n_4045144.html
    http://www.census.gov/prod/cen2010/briefs/c2010br-02.pdf

    http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2013/10/at-louisianas-most-notorious-prison-a-clash-of-testament/280414/
    Litwack, Leon F. Trouble in Mind: Black Southerners in the Age of Jim Crow, (1998) p. 271


    http://www.nytimes.com/2004/05/08/national/08PRIS.html
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/govbeat/wp/2014/09/20/prisons-in-these-17-states-are-filled-over-capacity/
    http://health.usnews.com/health-news/managing-your-healthcare/articles/2009/01/16/many-in-us-prisons-lack-good-health-care
    http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2013/11/15/2947931/arizona-death-yards/
    Currie, Elliott. Crime and Punishment in America. New York: Metropolitan, 1998. Print. p.1,4
    http://www.justice.gov/usao-sdal/programas/ex-offender-re-entry-initiative
    http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/criminal-justice/locked-up-in-america/what-does-solitary-confinement-do-to-your-mind/
    Davis, Angela Y. Are Prisons Obsolete? New York: Seven Stories, 2003. Print.p. 27, 47

    Posted at April 21, 2015 05:25:39PM EST by Lainey Anderson

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    "Prison Abolition & Alternatives." Prison Abolition & Alternatives. PrisonJustice.CA, 2008. Web. 13 Apr. 2015. <http://www.vcn.bc.ca/august10/politics/abolition_alternatives.html>.


    TIME. "Inside the World's Most Humane Prison - Photo Essays." Time. Time Inc., 2015. Web. 14 Apr. 2015. <http://content.time.com/time/photogallery/0,29307,1989083_2137374,00.html>.

    For Alternatives:

    Families Against Mandatory Minimums. "Alternatives to Incarceration in a Nutshell." ALTERNATIVES TO INCARCERATION IN A NUTSHELL (n.d.): n. pag. FAMM, 2014. Web. 13 Apr. 2015. <http://famm.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/FS-Alternatives-in-a-Nutshell-7.8.pdf>.

    Posted at April 23, 2015 12:58:02AM EST by Fiona Tarzy

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    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/04/racial-disparities-criminal-justice_n_4045144.html
    http://www.census.gov/prod/cen2010/briefs/c2010br-02.pdf

    http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2013/10/at-louisianas-most-notorious-prison-a-clash-of-testament/280414/
    Litwack, Leon F. Trouble in Mind: Black Southerners in the Age of Jim Crow, (1998) p. 271


    http://www.nytimes.com/2004/05/08/national/08PRIS.html
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/govbeat/wp/2014/09/20/prisons-in-these-17-states-are-filled-over-capacity/
    http://health.usnews.com/health-news/managing-your-healthcare/articles/2009/01/16/many-in-us-prisons-lack-good-health-care
    http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2013/11/15/2947931/arizona-death-yards/
    Currie, Elliott. Crime and Punishment in America. New York: Metropolitan, 1998. Print. p.1,4
    http://www.justice.gov/usao-sdal/programas/ex-offender-re-entry-initiative
    http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/criminal-justice/locked-up-in-america/what-does-solitary-confinement-do-to-your-mind/
    Davis, Angela Y. Are Prisons Obsolete? New York: Seven Stories, 2003. Print.p. 27, 47

    Posted at April 23, 2015 05:34:48PM EST by Lainey Anderson

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    Posted at April 24, 2015 12:54:00PM EST by Fiona Tarzy

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    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/04/racial-disparities-criminal-justice_n_4045144.html
    http://www.census.gov/prod/cen2010/briefs/c2010br-02.pdf

    http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2013/10/at-louisianas-most-notorious-prison-a-clash-of-testament/280414/
    Litwack, Leon F. Trouble in Mind: Black Southerners in the Age of Jim Crow, (1998) p. 271


    http://www.nytimes.com/2004/05/08/national/08PRIS.html
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/govbeat/wp/2014/09/20/prisons-in-these-17-states-are-filled-over-capacity/
    http://health.usnews.com/health-news/managing-your-healthcare/articles/2009/01/16/many-in-us-prisons-lack-good-health-care
    http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2013/11/15/2947931/arizona-death-yards/
    Currie, Elliott. Crime and Punishment in America. New York: Metropolitan, 1998. Print. p.1,4
    http://www.justice.gov/usao-sdal/programas/ex-offender-re-entry-initiative
    http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/criminal-justice/locked-up-in-america/what-does-solitary-confinement-do-to-your-mind/
    Davis, Angela Y. Are Prisons Obsolete? New York: Seven Stories, 2003. Print.p. 27, 47

    Status

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    Submitted at April 25, 2015 07:51:28PM EST by Jevon Henry

    Category Fiona Tarzy Lainey Anderson
    Use of evidence: 3.7 3.6
    Delivery skill: 3.7 3.8
    Coherence of arguments: 3.5 3.7
    Responsiveness to opponent: 4 4.2
    Identification of key points: 3.8 3.8
    Comments: Fiona set up a fairly good debate but could provide a bit more context at the start of the debate. She stuck to her main arguments and engaged her opponent's arguments. Whenever presenting on rights in a debate, one has to provide solid justification as considering something a 'right' does not mean that it always stand. Please also be mindful of time controls as the closing was well beyond the allotted time. Lainey presented a good opposition case which engaged the arguments presented by proposition. In the constructive, I would recommend ensuring that the opposition's arguments are fully fleshed out before turning to the proposition's case. She stuck to her main argument of reformation and questioned the stance of proposition by asking for her alternative.

    The decision is for the Opposition: Lainey Anderson

    Reason for Decision:

    This was a fairly close debate with several major clashes. Proposition put forward the idea of prisons being similar to slavery whereas opposition suggested that slavery was against one's will and not punishment for crime and so opposition effectively debunked that argument. Proposition, however, maintained that this mentality was embedded in the system and that the criminal justice system and the prison system cannot be separated but opposition sought to separate the two to some degree and tried to depict how reformation would solve the problem. Proposition questioned to what extent can one reform without abolishing but opposition's case still had credit since she did depict that the reforms would be within the would not be something absolutely new, but to correct flaws which was in line with her definition of reform. Time controls are also important and should be respected. Proposition's closing was beyond the allowed time.


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