Consider the following argument: There are many arguments for the
elimination or modification of current U. S. drug laws, but one of the
most persuasive involves what negative effects drug laws are having on
society in comparison with the effects of the drugs themselves. In the
past ten years, most forms of drug use have dropped significantly,
especially among teens. Despite this, non-violent drug offenders
accounted for 21.1 percent of the federal prison population. First time
drug offenders serve, on average, a sentence three months longer than
kidnappers, nine months longer than burglars, and thirty-three months
longer than sex abusers. In 1992, the average cost of keeping an inmate
in either state or federal prison was about $20,000 per prisoner per
year. The United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world,
with 455 prisoners per 100,000 population. It is maintaining these
prisoners at great expense in an environment where they are unlikely to
develop a socially constructive attitude. Perhaps it is time that we
reconsider our attitudes toward those who choose to use drugs; failure
to do so may cost society even more than it already has.
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- Determine whether or not the argument uses any deceptive statistics.
Give your opinion on whether or not the argument has persuaded you.
Explain why or why not.
- Determine the primary ways in which statistics or authority are used
in your current position in developing persuasive arguments, and
provide examples of such use.