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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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None of the choices look convincing to be honest. What is the source? Doesn't seem like a typical GMAT question.

Experts feedback will be good in this case
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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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02 Feb 2017, 08:27
The correct answer is D, but in spoiler it is given E.
The incorrect answer in spoiler confuses me and hopefully all.
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02 Feb 2017, 16:00
Could some experts confirm what the right answer is. No way (E) can be. Passage does not talk about what happened in other states.
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02 Feb 2017, 21:38
I have marked D asmy OA. I cant see any reason why can E be OA? Experts pls guide
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02 Feb 2017, 22:10
OA is incorrect. Kindly review
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02 Feb 2017, 22:18
+1 D.

What's the source? Doesn't look like a gmat question to me.
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03 Feb 2017, 03:00
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I have marked D asmy OA. I cant see any reason why can E be OA? Experts pls guide

OA has been changed to D - this question seems to be too plain to be considered a typical GMAT style question.
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03 Feb 2017, 03:48
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startjumprun wrote:
I have marked D asmy OA. I cant see any reason why can E be OA? Experts pls guide

OA has been changed to D - this question seems to be too plain to be considered a typical GMAT style question.

I don't know how difficulty level of a question is defined.
The difficulty level shall also need to be justified. Surely, it is not of a 95% level difficult question!
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Mahmud6 wrote:
sayantanc2k wrote:
startjumprun wrote:
I have marked D asmy OA. I cant see any reason why can E be OA? Experts pls guide

OA has been changed to D - this question seems to be too plain to be considered a typical GMAT style question.

I don't know how difficulty level of a question is defined.
The difficulty level shall also need to be justified. Surely, it is not of a 95% level difficult question!

The difficulty level is determined by the proprotion of correct answers to wrong. Thus if the original poster of the question has given a wrong OA or posted an unauthentic question, the difficulty % goes haywire. We ( i.e. people like you who highlight the mistakes, and moderators like us) together try to eliminate as many mistakes or misconceptions as possible so as to make this forum as useful to the GMAT aspirants as we can. Thank you for your cooperation.
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Mahmud6 wrote:
sayantanc2k wrote:
startjumprun wrote:
I have marked D asmy OA. I cant see any reason why can E be OA? Experts pls guide

OA has been changed to D - this question seems to be too plain to be considered a typical GMAT style question.

I don't know how difficulty level of a question is defined.
The difficulty level shall also need to be justified. Surely, it is not of a 95% level difficult question!

Thinking difficulty level in the exam is bad habit. There is no chance to know any question's difficulty level in exam. So, try to ignore the difficulty level when you're in the exam hall-you already don't know what is the difficulty level is going on right now. Suppose, your difficulty level is going on 550 level right now, but you think that it is 750 difficulty level. This 750 level thing will give you stress, pain to solve next 550/560 level question, because you already thought that is 750/760 level question is going on. So, get rid the difficulty level from your head.
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