Judge: becca steiner (University of Georgia)
Resolution: Finals Week: This House Believes that Animal Testing Should be Banned.
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Posted at June 2, 2020 05:59:58AM EST by Vera Tolari
Posted at June 2, 2020 09:20:42PM EST by Katherine Ma
Posted at June 4, 2020 02:53:01AM EST by Vera Tolari
- Jarrod Sadulski 05/15/2020 (In Public Safety and American Military University, "Prisons Worldwide Seek Ways to Ease the Coronavirus Crisis") https://inpublicsafety.com/2020/05/prisons-worldwide-seek-ways-to-ease-the-coronavirus-crisis/
- Fox 13 News 04/17/2020 ("Hillsborough sheriff: Agency didn't check criminal history prior to release of inmate who committed murder") https://www.fox13news.com/news/hillsborough-sheriff-agency-didnt-check-criminal-history-prior-to-release-of-inmate-who-committed-murder
- Dan Sullivan 04/20/2020 (Tampa Bay Times, "What happened to the rest of the 164 people Hillsborough freed from jail?") https://www.tampabay.com/news/crime/2020/04/20/what-happened-to-the-rest-of-the-164-people-hillsborough-freed-from-jail/
Apart from citations referenced from constructive.
Posted at June 4, 2020 11:14:43PM EST by Katherine Ma
Posted at June 6, 2020 05:28:28AM EST by Vera Tolari
Additional to those referenced from previous speeches...
On detention center being prison:
- Detention Watch Network 11/2012 ("Expose and Close Stewart") https://www.detentionwatchnetwork.org/sites/default/files/reports/DWN%20Expose%20and%20Close%20Stewart.pdf
On mass incarceration (high rate of prisoners):
- Lorna Collier 10/2014 (American Phsycological Association, Vol 45, No. 9, "Incarceration Nation") https://www.apa.org/monitor/2014/10/incarceration
- Jeremy Travis, Bruce Western, and Steve Redburn 2014 (National Research Council, "The Growth of Incarceration in the United States") https://www.nap.edu/read/18613/chapter/2
Thank you very much for a great debate!
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Submitted at June 7, 2020 10:47:45AM EST by becca steiner
|Category||Vera Tolari||Katherine Ma|
|Use of evidence:||4||4.1|
|Coherence of arguments:||5.1||5|
|Responsiveness to opponent:||5.1||5|
|Identification of key points:||5.8||5.8|
|Comments:||comments for the first speech:
strengths: volume, enthusiasm, organized content
places to improve: although the speed was generally not a problem, I would advise slowing down in the first part of the speech where define your important terms and framework.
comments for the second speech
strengths: volume, eye contact, identifying opponent's arguments and making a clear response
places to improve: you did a good job summarizing your own points and responding to the opponent's points in order, but the "weighing" section of the speech should be longer. lastly, you could do a better job discussing outside research from your first speech or introducing new outside research in this speech to support your points.
comments for the third speech
strengths: eye contact, good summary of own points
places to improve: some background noise during the video made parts difficult to hear. the speech would benefit from more reference to previous outside research you used to support your points.
|comments for the first speech:
strengths: conversational rate of speaking/speed, eye contact, use of outside research to support points, points were clearly identified by number
places to improve: you should try to improve your volume to speak louder for the video
comments for the second speech:
strengths: good eye contact, good conversational speed, good identifying and summarizing opponent's argument before making response
places to improve: your argument that the justice system is the root of the problem, not the prison system is clear, but I wish you spent more time discussing possible ways to reform the justice system that would be more beneficial than prison abolition. Develop a proposal for how to reform the justice system. that is stronger position than just saying the justice system should be reformed first.
The decision is for the Proposition: Vera Tolari
Reason for Decision:
This was a good debate
At the end of the debate, the most important points from the proposition were that the prison system does harm to racial minorities and LGBTQ people, that prison care programs like rehabilitation fail, the wage for prisoners working while in prison and working conditions are poor, and there are enduring psychological consequences that result from being in prison.
The most important points from the opposition were that the justice system is the root of discrimination against racial minorities (not the prison system), that prisons provide opportunities for prisoners to develop skills or quit using drugs/alcohol, and that prisons could simply increase the hourly wage for prisoners.
I voted for the proposition because they had more reasons against prisons than the opposition had in favor of prisons. The opposition could win if they develop the justice system reform idea more and spend more time describing how the justice system could be reformed and why that reform would have better long term social impacts on the US. Also the opposition could do a better job providing examples of prisons who have offered optional skills courses. Which prisons have offered this? what were the classes about? perhaps computer skills? how to write a job resume? get a GED? Is there any evidence supporting that prisoners released from the prisons with these courses did not commit crime after they left? This could be helpful.