Week 5 Discussion

Identifying Misleading Information in an Argument” Please respond to the following:

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.

Identify the argument: what is the main claim (the argument’s conclusion) that the above passage is trying to make? What reasons are

being provided in support of the conclusion?

Present the argument in the form:

Conclusion:….
Premise 1: …
Premise 2:…

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.

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