Team B: Affirmative Brief
Juvenile crime is increasing rapidly and is a problem that plagues America.
The murder rate by 18 year olds has increased 467% since 1965! The current policy
maintained for the last number of decades is clearly not effective. An increase of
207% in the number of murder cases committed by 15 year olds from 1985 to 1993
is not a sign that current policy is effective. Changes must be made. The best way
to address the problem is through government funded preventative programs. The
affirmative intends to prove, and stands resolved, that the federal government should
establish a program to substantially reduce juvenile crime.
This, by definition, means that the federal government would benefit the
country by taking action and making government programs that will decrease the
number of crimes committed by minors. Contention I: The status quo is only
harming the people of the united states by remaining.
Subpoint A: It has become
clear that the state and local governments have failed in correcting the nation wide
epidemic of juvenile crime, since juvenile crime rates are rising so rapidly.
Subpoint 1:An example of an ineffective state plan is that many states are
attempting to incarcerate juveniles along with adults. Putting juvenile offenders in
with adults increases their chances offending again when they are released by 65%.
Subpoint 2: SHOCAP, a local crime reduction plan, was shut down because it was
ineffective. Subpoint B: Local plans are too diverse and lack uniformity. Subpoint
1: A plan that can lift up the entire country are far superior to those that can only
effect small parts.. Iowa may indeed have smaller problems than New York but
Juvenile crime exists everywhere. Subpoint 2:In the hands of the federal
government, a more effective, tax worthy and moral shaping plan can...