Juvenile crime

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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...