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# Approximately 5 ,000 people who have been convicted of nonvi

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Approximately 5 ,000 people who have been convicted of nonviolent crimes in the state have been given community-service sentences instead of prison sentences. These offenders perform services commensurate with their training and skills, from scrubbing floors to conducting research for the state. The community-service program, which began in 1979, has grown immensely as a result of drunken-driver legislation en-acted a few months ago.
The introduction of the community-service program in 1979 was most probably prompted by which of the following, all of which occurred during the 1970's?
(A)A decrease in the number of violent crimes in the state
(B)An increase in the number of crimes committed by employees of the state
(C)A gradual decrease in the median age of judges in the state
(D)The overcrowding of prisons in the state
(E)The passage of drunken-driver legislation in other states

The correct answer is D, why not E?
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29 Mar 2014, 06:25
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None of the choices look convincing to be honest. What is the source? Doesn't seem like a typical GMAT question.

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26 Apr 2014, 16:27
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Approximately 5 ,000 people who have been convicted of nonviolent crimes in the state have been given community-service sentences instead of prison sentences. These offenders perform services commensurate with their training and skills, from scrubbing floors to conducting research for the state. The community-service program, which began in 1979, has grown immensely as a result of drunken-driver legislation en-acted a few months ago.
The introduction of the community-service program in 1979 was most probably prompted by which of the following, all of which occurred during the 1970's?
(A)A decrease in the number of violent crimes in the state
(B)An increase in the number of crimes committed by employees of the state
(C)A gradual decrease in the median age of judges in the state
(D)The overcrowding of prisons in the state
(E)The passage of drunken-driver legislation in other states

The correct answer is D, why not E?

For me ,the answer by elimination is D

B)-->employees of the state are irrelevant
C)-->judges do not write legislation and therefore a fairly broad assumption to think this would have been the reason
D)-->Overcrowding could be a reason for taking non-violent offenders out of the prison system CORRECT
E0-->Passage of this legislation in other states would explain passing of similar drunk-driver legislation in 1979 not now as the passage states

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27 Apr 2014, 10:03
You say the correct answer is D, but you've provided E in the post.!

Here's my take for D -
(A)A decrease in the number of violent crimes in the state
A decrease in violent crime does not lead to change in punishment for non-violent crimes.
(B)An increase in the number of crimes committed by employees of the state
Again doesnt change what punishment is appropriate.
(C)A gradual decrease in the median age of judges in the state
Nope. Same reason as above.
(D)The overcrowding of prisons in the state
Correct. This is especially true because community service is given OVER prison sentence. So something happened in 1970s related to prisons, and the reason is they became overcrowded.
(E)The passage of drunken-driver legislation in other states
Drunken driving scenario comes in because of a change of legislation "few months ago" - say in 2013 (as of writing). Put another way, drunken driving wasnt the primary motive to change from prison sentence to community service.
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01 May 2014, 19:38
Dude is the OA 'D' or 'E'

Also, you may wanna use a spoiler next time

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14 Nov 2015, 22:04
The answer should be D, until unless there was an additional premise in the argument stating that the Subject State prison's were over saturated , because of housing prisoners from other states.
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