- In an attempt to reduce the crime rate, the governor is getting tough on criminals and making prison conditions harsher. Part of this effort has been to deny inmates the access they formerly had to college-level courses.
- However, this action is clearly counter to the governorâ€™s ultimate goal, since after being released form prison, inmates who had taken such courses committed far fewer crimes overall than other inmates.
Which of the following is an assumption on which the argument depends?
Summarizing the argument - If one attends the courses, then he does not commit crime after release. (this is the assumption)
A. Not being able to take college-level courses while in prison is unlikely to deter anyone from a crime that he or she might otherwise have committed. - the correct one.
B. Former inmates are no more likely to commit crimes than are members of the general population. - Out
C. The group of inmates who chose to take college-level courses were not already less likely than other inmates to commit crimes after being released. - Pretty close, but not as good as as choice A.
D. Taking high school level courses in prison has less effect on an inmateâ€™s subsequent behavior than taking college-level courses does. - this one supports and not an assumption
E. The governorâ€™s ultimate goal actually is to gain popularity by convincing people that something effective is being done about crime. - Out of scope.
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