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Whether the federal government should adopt a nationwide policy to decrease overcrowding in prisons

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Started: 5/8/2014 Category: Society
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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majoras-mask

Pro

P1: Overcrowding in prisons affects the safety and security of a large and growing number of staff and correctional officers, as well as the inmates themselves. In 2013, an inmate using a homemade weapon murdered a correctional officer at a BOP high security facility due to this overcrowding. More inmates makes it harder for COs to maintain control of the inmates.
http://www.justice.gov...

P2: The immense cost of confining so many people is draining vital resources from from other public safety endeavors, including investigations and prosecutions.
http://m.huffpost.com...

The federal government should adopt a nationwide policy to decrease overcrowding in prisons.
SBC

Con

P1: We can really do anything about the overcrowding in prisons. As you stated that prisoner use homemade weapon to harm each other and correctional officers, if we release these prison on probation, prisoner would have easier access to weapons, which would be a greater danger to people's safety. Accoring to a new study by the Pew Charitable Trusts" Center on the States, 43 percent of prisoners nationally return to the lockup within three years. That means about half of these prisoner would commit crime again if we let them go free. http://www.nytimes.com...

p2: Since you said that the cost of prisoner is high. If we want to decrease the overcrowding in prison, that means that we should either build more prisons or release more prisoners. I already stated that release prisoner is going to endanger the public. And, building more prisons is going to cost more than the overcrowding situation that we have now. According to New York Time a article, the cost of correction is about $52 billion a year nationally. http://www.nytimes.com...

P3. Prison is build for people who commit crime against people. They need to be punished for the harm they have done to other.

C: The federal government should not adopt a nationwide policy to decrease overcrowding in prisons.
Debate Round No. 1
majoras-mask

Pro

P1: In order to prevent overcrowding in prisons we don't need to release prisoners, the federal government could save billions and significantly ease the overcrowding crisis by adopting strategies that include cutting fixed sentences for drug offenses in half. There are 219,000 inmates in the federal prisons system compared with 25,000 in 1980 and about half are there for drug offenses. Shortening sentences for people with drug offenses would lead to a large decrease in inmates..
http://m.huffpost.com...

P2: We don't need to build more prisons or release prisoners. As stated in my first premise, all we need to do is cut sentencing for people with drug offenses. It will save the government billions of dollars and put and end to overcrowding.

P3: Criminals should still be punished, but people with less serious offenses shouldn't be punished so harshly if they pose no threat to the public. A heroine addict is a lot less dangerous than a rapist or murderer.

The federal government should adopt a nationwide policy to decrease overcrowding in prisons and save billions of dollars.
SBC

Con

p1: Cutting fixed sentences might not be a good idea either. Mandatory sentencing or minimum sentencing on drug crime is deterrence potential crime offender. If we lessen the punishment on crime offenders, more people would commit drug offense.

p2: As I stated in first round, US has a high recidivism rate. Even if we these offender out early, they would eventually find their way back to prison. And that impose harm to our society.

p3: I would agree that drug addict is a lot less dangerous than rapist or murderer. However, it does not mean that they are not dangerous. Using drug can cause harm to others too. There are generally 4 stages of drug use(different scholar use different names for each stages). In stage 2, drug users increase their risky behaviors such as driving under influence and unexplained violence. http://casapalmera.com... In addition, most people start using drug because of peers.

The federal government should not adopt a nationwide policy to decrease overcrowding in prisons.
Debate Round No. 2
majoras-mask

Pro

P1: Cutting sentences for drug offenders would actually prevent criminals who have committed more serious crimes from being released into society before they are ready. Due to the overcrowding issue there is not enough space in prisons for all convicted criminals to fully serve their sentences. This leads to the early release of offenders who are not ready to successfully reenter the community which poses a threat to public safety.
http://www.alec.org...

P2: Letting the offenders out early wouldn't cause harm to our society. The only harm a drug user poses is on himself. It is better to cut sentencing for someone who is busted for possession of drugs rather than letting out a vicious criminal who is likely to commit more serious crimes.

P3: It is more common for people to drive under the influence and engage in risky behaviors when they are drunk on alcohol than on drugs. There are 2.5 million alcohol related deaths worldwide annually versus 38,329 drug overdose deaths. You are not clear about what harm drug users pose on other people, and stating that "people start using drugs because of peers" is a red herring because it is an irrelevant claim that does not support the issue at hand.
http://www.ncadd.org... & http://www.drugwarfacts.org...

The federal government should adopt a nationwide policy to decrease overcrowding in prisons.
SBC

Con

p1A306;Reducing sentences for offenders would encourage offenders to commit crimes again. According to A 2005 report from California's Legislative Analyst's Office, Possession of controlled substances made up 12 percent of the state's total "three strikes" population(people who commit similar crimes three time ) at the time, and drug crimes in general accounted for 23 percent. Second strikers are about more than twice higher that third strikers. If we reducing sentences for these people, no doubt they will violate laws again. http://www.lao.ca.gov...

p2: It might be true that some drug offenders only cause harm to themselves. However, it does not change the fact that they violate the law. reducing sentences is going to cause our criminal justice system losing its power on punishing the wrongdoers. Then our laws would not be as deterrent as it would be.

P3: I am not sure what you trying to prove in P3, and I am sure that people are also got sentenced to prison because of alcohol. Also, as to what I said about "people start using drugs because of peers", the point that I was trying to made is that a lots of people get drug because they are surrounded by people who use drug, and people who know where to get drug.

C: The federal government should not adopt a nationwide policy to decrease overcrowding in prisons.
Debate Round No. 3
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