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# A debate is underway among law enforcement officials in state k

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A debate is underway among law enforcement officials in state K regarding the effectiveness of the state's parole policy. The state currently mandates that all prisoners who have been paroled (released from prison) must see a state-employed parole officer every two weeks for three years after their release from prison. Proponents of the system say that it discourages released felons from engaging in further criminal activity. Opponents of the system say that its deterrent effect on further criminal acts is too small to justify the amount of resources dedicated to the system, which could be reallocated to other programs proven to reduce crime.
Which of the following studies, if conducted properly, would be most useful in resolving the conflict described above?
A. A study determining the socioeconomic background of both first-time and repeat offenders.
B. A study comparing the percentage of released first-time offenders who engage in further criminal activity while on parole with the percentage of repeat offenders who engage in further criminal activity while on parole.
C. A study comparing the percentage of parolees engaging in further criminal activity in state K with the percentage of parolees engaging in further criminal activity in state P, where parolees are required to see their parole officers one time per month for five years after release.
D. A study comparing the percentage of parolees engaging in further criminal activity in state K with the percentage of released felons engaging in further criminal activity in state M, which has no parole system.
E. A study on the effectiveness of prison-based job-training programs in helping released convicts find stable jobs.
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05 Apr 2018, 09:19
C for me. A comparison of the results in two states , one where the new mandate has not been imposed and other where such mandate has been imposed, would help in deciding whether the mandate is effective.
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05 Apr 2018, 18:03
I think D because you want to compare a system with parole and a system without parole.

As for C, I don't think a difference of 12 visits will determine if the resources allocated are justifiable.

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A debate is underway among law enforcement officials in state K regarding the effectiveness of the state's parole policy. The state currently mandates that all prisoners who have been paroled (released from prison) must see a state-employed parole officer every two weeks for three years after their release from prison. Proponents of the system say that it discourages released felons from engaging in further criminal activity. Opponents of the system say that its deterrent effect on further criminal acts is too small to justify the amount of resources dedicated to the system, which could be reallocated to other programs proven to reduce crime.
Which of the following studies, if conducted properly, would be most useful in resolving the conflict described above?
A. A study determining the socioeconomic background of both first-time and repeat offenders.
B. A study comparing the percentage of released first-time offenders who engage in further criminal activity while on parole with the percentage of repeat offenders who engage in further criminal activity while on parole.
C. A study comparing the percentage of parolees engaging in further criminal activity in state K with the percentage of parolees engaging in further criminal activity in state P, where parolees are required to see their parole officers one time per month for five years after release.
D. A study comparing the percentage of parolees engaging in further criminal activity in state K with the percentage of released felons engaging in further criminal activity in state M, which has no parole system.
E. A study on the effectiveness of prison-based job-training programs in helping released convicts find stable jobs.
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06 Apr 2018, 04:37
Premise: Parole policy is in question. Now state policy - all prisoners who have been paroled must see a state-employed parole officer every two weeks for three years. view of this policy proponent - it discourages released felons from engaging in further criminal activity
Opposite : too much resource are dedicated to program. too small effects.

Which would be most useful in resolving the conflict described above?
So what exactly is the conflict - opponent statement created whole conflict. find that strengthen and weaken it.
what to do now? - find a choice that one way help proponent and if not, then help opponent.

A. A study determining the socioeconomic background of both first-time and repeat offenders. ---- may be someone is not even caught and made a repeat offense. this is not right study.
B. A study comparing the percentage of released first-time offenders who engage in further criminal activity while on parole with the percentage of repeat offenders who engage in further criminal activity while on parole. ---- first-time offenders vs repeat offenders : not the study we are concerned about.
C. A study comparing the percentage of parolees engaging in further criminal activity in state K with the percentage of parolees engaging in further criminal activity in state P, where parolees are required to see their parole officers one time per month for five years after release. --- main study says that parole system should be there or not. here it is talking about changing the parole system.
D. A study comparing the percentage of parolees engaging in further criminal activity in state K with the percentage of released felons engaging in further criminal activity in state M, which has no parole system. ----- is study correct- yes!. if result of study says that with parole this percentage is very high. means parole system is not good. opponent wins. otherwise proponent wins. this seems the right answer.
E. A study on the effectiveness of prison-based job-training programs in helping released convicts find stable jobs. --- out of scope.
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06 Apr 2018, 13:55
Jumping into it:
Sentence 1: there is a debate
Sentence 2: Evidence for S3. Parolees should see officer every 2 weeks.
Sentence 4: Opposition. Small crime parolees do not warrant cost and/or person count. Resources could mean money here and likely does (own assumption).

Brainstorm answer: would be good to know statistics between engaging in criminal activity with the system vs. without system. Would be also good to see an answer that talks about resources and spend.

A: Repeat is irrelevant
B: Repeat is irrelevant
C: Irrelevant - time of how often parolee sees officer does not matter
E: Miles away from argument's premise/conclusion
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