QUESTION TYPE: Main Point
CONCLUSION: Mandatory minimum sentences are necessary.
REASONING: When people are free to use their own judgment, they often act arbitrarily and irrationally. Judges often act like this even if they believe their behavior is wise.
ANALYSIS: The main point is that judges are not as rational as they like to think and therefore we need sentencing guidelines.
- This goes too far. The argument doesn’t claim that people never have good judgment.
- This is what the judges argue. The argument thinks minimum sentences are a good idea.
- Same as B. The judges argued this.
- This is true, but its only part of the main point. Because judges are irrational we need minimum sentences.
- CORRECT. The minimum sentences prevent judges from acting irrationally. And judges often will act irrationally if they are given free rein.
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