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# Representative : " Our prison system have been criticized for having

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Updated on: 15 Sep 2014, 22:25
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Representative : " Our prison system have been criticized for having what some say are inadequate facilities. While its true that there are some improvements to be made, Critics should consider that improving the prisons has been one of the state's primary concern in the past years. In fact over the last few years we have spent more money on this project than on any other"

Which of the following , if true , would seriously undermine the reasoning in represenative's arguement?

A. Prison systems in neighboring states have also been criticized for having inadequate facilities.
B. In the past few years, there has been a sharp increase in the number of felony convictions in this state.
C. Only states with presently inadequate facilities would need to allocate large amounts of money to the prison system.
D. In general, prison systems require more money to maintain than other institutions of a comparable size.
E. State funds should go toward improving the economy and eradicating homelessness, not improving the prisons.

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Originally posted by shahPranay14 on 13 Sep 2014, 11:27.
Last edited by shahPranay14 on 15 Sep 2014, 22:25, edited 2 times in total.
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13 Sep 2014, 12:28
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First of all, please, follow the forum rules for posting in verbal section.

The title of the post must be the first sentence of the questeion and OA is mandatory.

Back to the question

A. Prison systems in neighboring states have also been criticized for having inadequate facilities.

what happens in other states in not our concern

B. In the past few years, there has been a sharp increase in the number of felony convictions in this state.

the number of felony convictions is not relevant

C. Only states with presently inadequate facilities would need to allocate large amounts of money to the prison system.

this is our answer: if we shows that the spending of large amount of money is because the state have a prison system completely inadeguate. Therefore, we weaken the argument saying that there is not improvement after all.

D. In general, prison systems require more money to maintain than other institutions of a comparable size.

this comparison is irrelevant

E. State funds should go toward improving the economy and eradicating homelessness, not improving the prisons.

this is a simple opinion

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15 Sep 2014, 22:28
I went with D because it weakens the representative arguement by saying that ingeneral prison systems need large amount for money. Doesn't it completely destroys the representative arguement.
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10 Jul 2018, 17:54
This question asks you to find the statement that most seriously undermines the reasoning in the argument. The argument consists of a state representative's response to criticism regarding the adequacy of their prison facilities. The attempts to counter this charge by changing the subject and saying that the state plans to allocate a lot of funds to the prison system in the next year. A statement that undermines this reasoning will suggest a way in which increased spending may not lead to adequate facilities.

Choice (A) presents unrelated information; we are concerned with the prison system in this state, not those in neighboring states.
Choice (B) suggests a reason why the prison facilities may be inadequate: if there has been a recent increase in felony convictions, then there may be more inmates than the system can handle. This appears to undermine the representative's argument insofar it shows that the critics were likely justified in calling the facilities inadequate. However, we don't know how the increase in felony convictions actually affected the total number of inmates in the system; without this additional information, the statement in choice (B) can have no effect on the argument.
Choice (C) shows a way in which increased spending may not lead to adequate facilities. If the state allocated large amounts of money to the system in the last few years, then it must be true that the state's prison facilities were inadequate. The discussion of funding should set alarm bells off because good funding does not equate with good results. In fact, this question raises the paradox that high funding might actually mean that the prisons are in dire shape and desperately need the money.
Choice (D) is irrelevant; the cost of maintaining other institutions is not in question.
Choice (E) has no effect on the argument; even if we agree that the state should not use their money in this way, a statement of opinion can have no bearing on an argument's logical structure.
Choice (C) most seriously undermines the representative's argument, and is the best choice.
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11 Jul 2018, 06:53
shahPranay14 wrote:
Representative : " Our prison system have been criticized for having what some say are inadequate facilities. While its true that there are some improvements to be made, Critics should consider that improving the prisons has been one of the state's primary concern in the past years. In fact over the last few years we have spent more money on this project than on any other"

Which of the following , if true , would seriously undermine the reasoning in represenative's arguement?

A. Prison systems in neighboring states have also been criticized for having inadequate facilities.
B. In the past few years, there has been a sharp increase in the number of felony convictions in this state.
C. Only states with presently inadequate facilities would need to allocate large amounts of money to the prison system.
D. In general, prison systems require more money to maintain than other institutions of a comparable size.
E. State funds should go toward improving the economy and eradicating homelessness, not improving the prisons.

OA to follow.

i know the OA is C. but can someone give a good reasoning against D. the stem states we have spent more money on this project than on any other
doesn't this concur with D that the money which is pumped is just for maintaining and not uplifting the facilities?
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11 Jul 2018, 08:41
thefibonacci wrote:
shahPranay14 wrote:

i know the OA is C. but can someone give a good reasoning against D. the stem states we have spent more money on this project than on any other
doesn't this concur with D that the money which is pumped is just for maintaining and not uplifting the facilities?

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D. In general, prison systems require more money to maintain than other institutions of a comparable size.

As i mentioned in earlier post that the cost of maintaining other institutions is not in question. Do have any specific concern or angle on this choice ?
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08 Mar 2019, 11:11
Representative : " Our prison system have been criticized for having what some say are inadequate facilities. While its true that there are some improvements to be made, Critics should consider that improving the prisons has been one of the state's primary concern in the past years. In fact over the last few years we have spent more money on this project than on any other"

Which of the following , if true , would seriously undermine the reasoning in represenative's arguement?

A. Prison systems in neighboring states have also been criticized for having inadequate facilities.
neighboring states are not compared
B. In the past few years, there has been a sharp increase in the number of felony convictions in this state.number of felonies do not impact the state of prison directly.
C. Only states with presently inadequate facilities would need to allocate large amounts of money to the prison system correct weakner.
D. In general, prison systems require more money to maintain than other institutions of a comparable size.this comparison is out of scope
E. State funds should go toward improving the economy and eradicating homelessness, not improving the prisons.no such recommendation required.
Re: Representative : " Our prison system have been criticized for having   [#permalink] 08 Mar 2019, 11:11
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