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In the United States between 1993 and 1998, the number of people on death row continued to increase, but at a rate lower than that of the general prison population.

Which of the following statements directly contradicts this claim?

A) ​The number of death row inmates increased slightly from 1993 to 1998.
B) ​Among people convicted of murder, the proportion of those who were sentenced to death decreased from 1993 to 1998.
C) ​Each year from 1993 to 1998, more death row inmates were executed than in the previous year. ​
D) Each year from 1993 to 1998, fewer people were sentenced to death than in the previous year.
E) ​The proportion of death row inmates among the general prison population rose from 0.6% in 1993 to 0.8% in 1998.

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02 Feb 2019, 05:33
In the United States between 1993 and 1998, the number of people on death row continued to increase, but at a rate lower than that of the general prison population.

Which of the following statements directly contradicts this claim?

A) ​The number of death row inmates increased slightly from 1993 to 1998. Does not state anything about the relative change in the general prison population
B) ​Among people convicted of murder, the proportion of those who were sentenced to death decreased from 1993 to 1998. Supports the claim.
C) ​Each year from 1993 to 1998, more death row inmates were executed than in the previous year. ​Tricky, since if more and more death row inmates are executed every year, then the proportion of people on death row would decrease. However, this does does not give us any information about the people new on the death row between 1993 and 1998.
D) Each year from 1993 to 1998, fewer people were sentenced to death than in the previous year. Does not present any information about the general prison population
E) ​The proportion of death row inmates among the general prison population rose from 0.6% in 1993 to 0.8% in 1998. Direct contradition of the statement since death row inmates INCREASED as a percentage of the general prison population. So, by whatever percentage the general prison population increased, the population of death row inmates increased more.
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E) ​The proportion of death row inmates among the general prison population rose from 0.6% in 1993 to 0.8% in 1998.

In 1993, general prison population was 1000 => the number of people on death row was 6
In 1998, if general prison population increased by 100%, to be 2000 => the number of people on death row was 16
from 1993 to 1998, the proportion of death row increased 166,7% while the general prison population increased 100% => This clearly contradicted the information given.
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