Perpetrators of minor crimes should not be arrested
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Resolution: This House would encourage perpetrators of minor crimes not to be arrested
Definitions: Minor crimes are those which are of a less serious nature . These include petty theft, vandalism, public intoxication, trespassing, and the like.
Rules: (1) No kritiks (2) BOP is shared (3) No new arguments in the final round
Sources:  https://definitions.uslegal.com/m/minor-offense/
Arrest is the apprehending or detaining of a person in order to answer for an alleged or suspected crime. The U.S. Constitution's Fourth Amendment authorizes arrests only if the police have "probable cause" to believe that a crime was committed and that the suspect did it.
- Rape (third degree)
- Credit Card Fraud
- Burglary (third degree, AKA the intent to commit further crimes beyond trespass)
- Criminal Mischief (second degree, AKA vandalism causing >$1,500 in damages)
- Wanton Endangerment (first degree, AKA doing behavior likely to kill people for the fun of it)
- Criminal Possession (third degree, AKA knowingly trying to benefit from theft of >$3,000)
- And more.
C1: It’s morally unjust to arrest perpetrators of minor crimes (a. Arrest is not a proportional punishment)
C1: It’s morally unjust to arrest perpetrators of minor crimes (b. Arrest denies these people a second chance in life)
C2: Minor offenders are more likely to reoffend if sent to prison
C3: The current system is systematically biased against racial and ethnic minorities
C4: This Abates the problem of prison overcrowding
- Burglary (third degree):
His plan calling for police being unable to remove trespassers (even when they
have clear intent to commit worse crimes but have not gotten around to it yet),
stands as is. His pointing out what I already did that there are worse degrees
of the crime, in no way refutes that his plan undermines public safety.
- Loansharking: His plan
calls for loansharks to be immune to arrest unless other related crimes are
already proven. He has not denied this, merely pointed out there are worse
crimes and how loansharks lives could be ruined if they were punished.
- Rape (third degree):
Another crime to which he views the perpetrators as the victims systemic racism if they are to be capable of being punished for their choices. It is akin to part of the Broke Turner defense, that rapists (or in this case, an attempted rapist) shouldn't suffer any consequences over "20 minutes of action" (quote is from Broke Turner's father, not to be confused with pro).
(1) what exactly are the minor crimes that they would arrest people for committing
(2) what ‘arrest and release means’
Pro's preferred dictionary defines arrest as:Arrest is the apprehending or detaining of a person in order to answer for an alleged or suspected crime. The U.S. Constitution's Fourth Amendment authorizes arrests only if the police have "probable cause" to believe that a crime was committed and that the suspect did it.
not actually send these minor criminals to prison... their CP is technically my plan
Is it morally justified to arrest a minor criminal?
Which side is best for minor criminals?
To be clear, pro's change to wanting to legalize crime stems from his R2 opposing to any record of arrest when trying to defend his counter plan against the holes (mainly that an arrest doesn't guarantee exposure to any of the problems in prison, thus still arresting people but not sending them all to prison was a better option): But he insists any record of an arrest for what someone freely chose to do "means being denied college admission or jobs because they committed one minor crime, because they have one black mark on their record. They are systematically being denied a second chance in society." Thus, for any of pro's solutions to be implemented as he envisions them in R2 forward, it means not even giving small fee for any crime under consideration.
They still haven’t posted any constructive arguments
Con has dropped my attacks on their round one material
Is it morally justified to arrest a minor criminal? (a. What is a minor crime?)But USLegal only says that minor crimes can include misdemeanour cases, class D felonies,
(a) The minor offenses and violations docket has jurisdiction over the following:(1) All Class D felony cases.
Is it morally justified to arrest a minor criminal? (a. Impacts)
Which side is best for minor criminals? (a. Redemption)minor criminals not being able to sustain themselves
Which side is best for minor criminals? (b. Who best protects these criminals?)
Which side is best for minor criminals? (c. Minorities)
Which side is best for society? (a. Decriminalization)
Which side is best for society? (b. Safety)