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Newspaper editorial: In an attempt to reduce the crime rate,

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Newspaper editorial:

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 governor’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?

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.
B. Former inmates are no more likely to commit crimes than are members of the general population.
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.
D. Taking high school level courses in prison has less effect on an inmate’s subsequent behavior than taking college-level courses does.
E. The governor’s ultimate goal actually is to gain popularity by convincing people that something effective is being done about crime.

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Re: Newspaper editorial: In an attempt to reduce the crime rate, [#permalink] New post 05 Nov 2004, 19:19
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I picked C.

If the inmates who chose to take college class were already less likely to commit crimes after release, then taking away access to college classes may not have any affect on their crime rates after prison.

Sinced the conclusion states that "inmates who had taken such courses committed far fewer crimes overall than other inmates", this conclusion must assume that all inmates have the same likelihood to commit a crime after release and it's the college classes that reduces this likelihood.
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Re: Newspaper editorial: In an attempt to reduce the crime rate, [#permalink] New post 05 Nov 2004, 19:43
Yes, it is C.
Thank you for your nice explanation, nzgmat.
The answer, which is attached to the question,
says it is A. But the correct answer is C.
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Re: Newspaper editorial: In an attempt to reduce the crime rate, [#permalink] New post 16 Sep 2009, 12:46
Lemme guess, you got this from a pdf floating around the internet?
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Re: Newspaper editorial: In an attempt to reduce the crime rate, [#permalink] New post 17 Sep 2009, 04:41
I wud go with option C
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Re: Newspaper editorial: In an attempt to reduce the crime rate, [#permalink] New post 26 Sep 2009, 02:47
C seems the only logical answer.
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Re: Newspaper editorial: In an attempt to reduce the crime rate, [#permalink] New post 27 Sep 2009, 21:17
Yeap C
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Re: Newspaper editorial: In an attempt to reduce the crime rate, [#permalink] New post 28 Sep 2009, 23:33
C looks good
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Re: Newspaper editorial: In an attempt to reduce the crime rate, [#permalink] New post 01 Dec 2009, 07:04
The governor’s ultimate goal actually is to gain popularity by convincing people that something effective is being done about crime.

I think the argument is based of fact as mentioned in E option and not C.
Not C because: It mentioned that crime rate is lower in criminals who have taken college level course, which is in contrast to what C says
E because governer is taking some action to show the effect is clear.
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Re: Newspaper editorial: In an attempt to reduce the crime rate, [#permalink] New post 01 Dec 2009, 07:33
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Newspaper editorial:

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 governor’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?

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.
B. Former inmates are no more likely to commit crimes than are members of the general population.
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.
D. Taking high school level courses in prison has less effect on an inmate’s subsequent behavior than taking college-level courses does.
E. The governor’s ultimate goal actually is to gain popularity by convincing people that something effective is being done about crime.

OA will follow. Please explain your answes. Thank you.


conclusion - since after being released form prison, inmates who had taken such courses committed far fewer crimes overall than other inmates.

Assumption for this conclusion - 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.

Answer is C
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Re: Newspaper editorial: In an attempt to reduce the crime rate, [#permalink] New post 03 Dec 2009, 00:30
+1 for C
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Re: Newspaper editorial: In an attempt to reduce the crime rate, [#permalink] New post 26 Apr 2014, 16:34
Moderators, please add the OA (C) to this problem.
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