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Proposition: Owen Schwartz (PCS) vs. Opposition: Maria Feliz (Colegio Bilingüe New Horizons)

Judge: Peter Beadle (Binghamton University)

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  • Owen Schwartz
    Owen Schwartz
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    Maria Feliz
    Maria Feliz
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    Posted at June 2, 2020 03:00:45AM EST by Owen Schwartz

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    Owen Schwartz
    6/1/20

    links:

    https://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/18upr9yfup0514.pdf

    https://www.prisonlegalnews.org/news/2019/may/3/long-term-recidivism-studies-show-high-arrest-rates/

    Posted at June 2, 2020 09:40:55PM EST by Maria Feliz

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    Opposition constructive citations

    Amnesty International. African Americans more likely to get death penalty
    https://www.amnestyusa.org/issues/death-penalty/death-penalty-facts/death-penalty-and-race/

    Benson 03
    https://www.apa.org/monitor/julaug03/rehab

    Innocence project
    https://ip-no.org/what-we-do/advocate-for-change/mass-incarceration-and-racial-oppression/

    Jarret 18
    https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20180430-the-unexpected-ways-prison-time-changes-people

    Prison system definition
    https://legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/Prison+system

    The New Jim Crow: Mass incarceration
    https://www.morningsidecenter.org/teachable-moment/lessons/mass-incarceration-new-jim-crow

    Role of race in death penalty.
    https://www.aclu.org/other/race-and-death-penalty

    Silton 02
    https://scholarship.law.umn.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1035&context=lawineq

    The Economist. Bastoy
    https://www.economist.com/international/2017/05/27/too-many-prisons-make-bad-people-worse-there-is-a-better-way

    The sentencing project
    https://www.sentencingproject.org/publications/un-report-on-racial-disparities/

    Posted at June 4, 2020 01:26:55AM EST by Owen Schwartz

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    Owen Schwartz
    6/3/20
    links:

    https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/1/27/14388024/mass-incarceration-cost


    https://ucr.fbi.gov/crime-in-the-u.s/2012/crime-in-the-u.s.-2012/offenses-known-to-law-enforcement/expanded-homicide/expanded_homicide_data_table_6_murder_race_and_sex_of_vicitm_by_race_and_sex_of_offender_2012.xls
    https://ucr.fbi.gov/crime-in-the-u.s/2013/crime-in-the-u.s.-2013/offenses-known-to-law-enforcement/expanded-homicide/expanded_homicide_data_table_6_murder_race_and_sex_of_vicitm_by_race_and_sex_of_offender_2013.xls
    https://ucr.fbi.gov/crime-in-the-u.s/2014/crime-in-the-u.s.-2014/tables/expanded-homicide-data/expanded_homicide_data_table_6_murder_race_and_sex_of_vicitm_by_race_and_sex_of_offender_2014.xls
    https://ucr.fbi.gov/crime-in-the-u.s/2015/crime-in-the-u.s.-2015/tables/expanded_homicide_data_table_6_murder_race_and_sex_of_vicitm_by_race_and_sex_of_offender_2015.xls
    https://ucr.fbi.gov/crime-in-the-u.s/2017/crime-in-the-u.s.-2017/tables/table-43
    https://bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/SOO.PDF

    Posted at June 4, 2020 05:56:02PM EST by Maria Feliz

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    Opposition rebuttal and closing

    Racial disparity in death sentencing
    https://www.aclu.org/other/race-and-death-penalty

    Vast racial disparities in Georgia's capital-punishment system.
    https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2014/06/race-and-the-death-penalty/373081/

    Amnesty International. African Americans more likely to get death penalty
    https://www.amnestyusa.org/issues/death-penalty/death-penalty-facts/death-penalty-and-race/

    Benson 03
    https://www.apa.org/monitor/julaug03/rehab

    Innocence project
    https://ip-no.org/what-we-do/advocate-for-change/mass-incarceration-and-racial-oppression/

    Jarret 18
    https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20180430-the-unexpected-ways-prison-time-changes-people

    Prison system definition
    https://legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/Prison+system

    The New Jim Crow: Mass incarceration
    https://www.morningsidecenter.org/teachable-moment/lessons/mass-incarceration-new-jim-crow

    Role of race in death penalty.
    https://www.aclu.org/other/race-and-death-penalty

    Silton 02
    https://scholarship.law.umn.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1035&context=lawineq

    The Economist. Bastoy
    https://www.economist.com/international/2017/05/27/too-many-prisons-make-bad-people-worse-there-is-a-better-way

    The sentencing project
    https://www.sentencingproject.org/publications/un-report-on-racial-disparities/

    Posted at June 6, 2020 01:40:45AM EST by Owen Schwartz

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    Owen Schwartz
    6/5/20

    links:
    https://deathpenaltycurriculum.org/student/c/about/arguments/argument1a.htm
    https://deathpenaltyinfo.org/state-and-federal-info/federal-death-penalty/list-of-federal-death-row-prisoners
    https://ucr.fbi.gov/crime-in-the-u.s/2012/crime-in-the-u.s.-2012/offenses-known-to-law-enforcement/expanded-homicide/expanded_homicide_data_table_6_murder_race_and_sex_of_vicitm_by_race_and_sex_of_offender_2012.xls
    https://ucr.fbi.gov/crime-in-the-u.s/2013/crime-in-the-u.s.-2013/offenses-known-to-law-enforcement/expanded-homicide/expanded_homicide_data_table_6_murder_race_and_sex_of_vicitm_by_race_and_sex_of_offender_2013.xls
    https://ucr.fbi.gov/crime-in-the-u.s/2014/crime-in-the-u.s.-2014/tables/expanded-homicide-data/expanded_homicide_data_table_6_murder_race_and_sex_of_vicitm_by_race_and_sex_of_offender_2014.xls
    https://ucr.fbi.gov/crime-in-the-u.s/2015/crime-in-the-u.s.-2015/tables/expanded_homicide_data_table_6_murder_race_and_sex_of_vicitm_by_race_and_sex_of_offender_2015.xls
    https://ucr.fbi.gov/crime-in-the-u.s/2017/crime-in-the-u.s.-2017/tables/table-43
    https://bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/SOO.PDF

    Status

    This match has been completed. Show the Decision.

    Submitted at June 7, 2020 09:43:38AM EST by Peter Beadle

    Category Owen Schwartz Maria Feliz
    Use of evidence: 4 5.2
    Delivery skill: 5.3 5.5
    Coherence of arguments: 4.5 5
    Responsiveness to opponent: 5 5.2
    Identification of key points: 4.5 4.5
    Comments: Constructive: really interesting and I would imagine unique take. But it could be better supported by evidence, particularly justifying such a huge increase in application of the death penalty. And you had an extra 1:10 minutes where you could have laid out evidence supporting the efficacy of the death penalty, which really was needed.

    Rebuttal: decent attempt to try and flip Maria's arguments to your side. Your "actually my plan would kill more white people" argument ignores that even under your plan nothing is done about the judicial system, so you can't say more black/brown people would still be *convicted* of a capital crime - who gets convicted versus who is put down in the FBI stats as committing the crime are not the same things. And Maria is right, your cost argument is put out there a bit late and goes nowhere, since we do not know how much your plan would cost. Also if we can fiot your plan to execute the worst people, then we can fiot Maria's plan to reform prisons instead.

    Closing: high-priced lawyers will continue to exist, and continue to get better outcomes for those who can afford them under your plan. You do not solve for that.

    Constructive: really good and solid block of arguments. Owen has a bit of a point that some of your arguments would seem to justify his position, but that argument works in reverse as well and he isn't able to get the flip. Also, you provide an alternative with evidence that it can solve for both crime and racism.

    Rebuttal: I was happy to see you jump on his argument of how bad the system is when it comes to racial disparities, though you do slightly miss the point he is trying to make - he is suggesting that since his plan has an automatic capital offense penalty (something that isn't remotely constitutional by the way, which you don't argue) racial disparities will be eliminated because now more whites will be executed. Of course that ignores that his plan makes no changes to the judicial system, so you really cannot say that - again something you did not argue. Still, by the end of your speech you have established that the system is deeply flawed, but science proves that reforms can solve for these problems and that the deeper problems in society need to be addressed too.

    The decision is for the Opposition: Maria Feliz

    Reason for Decision:

    By the end of the round, while it is very clear that our current prison system is deeply flawed (agreed by all sides) there is little justification for abolishing prisons in favor of executing thousands of people, some of whom may still be victims of a racist judicial system which is not addressed by the resolution, when instead, we can enact reforms that are designed to reduce recidivism and address racial inequities in our system. Therefore, the resolution is not justified and I vote for the Opposition.

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    Thank you Owen and thank you judge! - Maria Feliz on June 7, 2020 at 10:21AM EST

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