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# There have been many recent examples that demonstrate

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There have been many recent examples that demonstrate how closing provincial prisons could save taxpayers millions of dollars a year, and that those closures could even result in plummeting crime and incarceration rates simultaneously.There is no question that Northwood Province should follow suit.

Which of the following, if true. would most weaken the conclusion drawn above?

A. In Rockford Province, a province that has closed several of its prisons, the number of inmates in its prison system has remained approximately the same.
B. The countries reference in the recent examples have demographics and criminal statutes that are fundamentally different from those of Northwood Province.
C. Dyser Province, a province that shares a border with Northwood Province, has closed several of its prisons and has faced severe budget shortfalls ever since.
D. Northwood Province and those provinces that have closed prisons share similar crime rates.
E. Law enforcement costs and the cost of conducting criminal trials are declining in Northwood Province

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14 Jul 2017, 12:46
I went with answer choice "B". If there are major differences between the comparing parties than the comparison cannot hold.
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14 Jul 2017, 13:49
Skywalker18 wrote:
There have been many recent examples that demonstrate how closing provincial prisons could save taxpayers millions of dollars a year, and that those closures could even result in plummeting crime and incarceration rates simultaneously.There is no question that Northwood Province should follow suit.

Which of the following, if true. would most weaken the conclusion drawn above?

A. In Rockford Province, a province that has closed several of its prisons, the number of inmates in its prison system has remained approximately the same.
B. The countries reference in the recent examples have demographics and criminal statutes that are fundamentally different from those of Northwood Province.
C. Dyser Province, a province that shares a border with Northwood Province, has closed several of its prisons and has faced severe budget shortfalls ever since.
D. Northwood Province and those provinces that have closed prisons share similar crime rates.
E. Law enforcement costs and the cost of conducting criminal trials are declining in Northwood Province

Which of the following, if true. would most weaken the conclusion drawn above?

D

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15 Jul 2017, 02:32
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We have to find a statement that weakens the argument.

Argument - There is no question that Northwood Province should follow suit
Meaning - If Northwood Province follows the startegy. It will have similar benefits

To weaken this - We have show how the study might not have the same results in Northwood Province

Skywalker18 wrote:
There have been many recent examples that demonstrate how closing provincial prisons could save taxpayers millions of dollars a year, and that those closures could even result in plummeting crime and incarceration rates simultaneously.There is no question that Northwood Province should follow suit.

Which of the following, if true. would most weaken the conclusion drawn above?

A. In Rockford Province, a province that has closed several of its prisons, the number of inmates in its prison system has remained approximately the same.
This could mean that the crime rates have dropped. As inmates will remain the same even if the crime rates have dropped. So essentially it could strengthen the argument rather than weaken it

B. The countries reference in the recent examples have demographics and criminal statutes that are fundamentally different from those of Northwood Province.
Makes a lot of sense. If there is a difference the study may not have same results.

C. Dyser Province, a province that shares a border with Northwood Province, has closed several of its prisons and has faced severe budget shortfalls ever since.
There could be several reasons for budget shortfall. Not related

D. Northwood Province and those provinces that have closed prisons share similar crime rates.
Does not relate to the argument. It just states again that some of the provinces have closed prisons

E. Law enforcement costs and the cost of conducting criminal trials are declining in Northwood Province
Not related. Even if the costs are declining the province can save by reducing expenditure further.

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There have been many recent examples that demonstrate how closing provincial prisons could save taxpayers millions of dollars a year, and that those closures could even result in plummeting crime and incarceration rates simultaneously.There is no question that Northwood Province should follow suit.

Which of the following, if true. would most weaken the conclusion drawn above?

A. In Rockford Province, a province that has closed several of its prisons, the number of inmates in its prison system has remained approximately the same. -So closing down the prisons hasn't caused an increase in the crimes/criminals. This would strengthen the argument.
B. The countries reference in the recent examples have demographics and criminal statutes that are fundamentally different from those of Northwood Province. -CORRECT. Makes sense. If the demographics and crimes are different, then we can't use other nations as an example.
C. Dyser Province, a province that shares a border with Northwood Province, has closed several of its prisons and has faced severe budget shortfalls ever since. - This is just a stated fact. Although for a nation this particular strategy didn't work, it doesn't mean it won't work for us. Also, the argument takes into account only those nations for which this plan worked out. Thus incorrect
D. Northwood Province and those provinces that have closed prisons share similar crime rates. -This would strengthen the argument. If the rates are same a similar reduction would be expected.
E. Law enforcement costs and the cost of conducting criminal trials are declining in Northwood Province -Out of scope
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15 Jul 2017, 09:29
Skywalker18 wrote:
There have been many recent examples that demonstrate how closing provincial prisons could save taxpayers millions of dollars a year, and that those closures could even result in plummeting crime and incarceration rates simultaneously.There is no question that Northwood Province should follow suit.

Which of the following, if true. would most weaken the conclusion drawn above?

A. In Rockford Province, a province that has closed several of its prisons, the number of inmates in its prison system has remained approximately the same.
B. The countries reference in the recent examples have demographics and criminal statutes that are fundamentally different from those of Northwood Province.
C. Dyser Province, a province that shares a border with Northwood Province, has closed several of its prisons and has faced severe budget shortfalls ever since.
D. Northwood Province and those provinces that have closed prisons share similar crime rates.
E. Law enforcement costs and the cost of conducting criminal trials are declining in Northwood Province

Answer should be B since trying to weaken why Northwood Province should follow suit.
C&E are out of scope
D strengthens the conclusion
A is shell game
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26 Jul 2017, 07:13
+1 for option B. We need to choose an option which says that sample space mentioned in premise and conclusion are different. Only B does so. Hence the answer is option B.
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