Below are some sample Resolutional Analyses and Observations written for the January / February juvenile justice resolution.
Each has its strategic advantages and counterarguments. I'll add any that I think of along the way. Feel free to suggest your own (or critique these) in the comments.
Added: Where useful, I've marked which ones match particular sides of the argument.
RA #1 (Aff)
Since acquitted juvenile defendants are no longer charged with violent felonies, and since we cannot presume the guilt of juveniles that are merely charged with violent felonies, the timeframe of the resolution extends only from charging to conviction. Potential punishment is excluded from the discussion.
Since this is value debate, the Aff has no burden to implement a plan, and the Negative has no burden to uphold the status quo.
RA #3 (Aff)
Since the burden of the Aff is to prove the resolution true as a general principle, the Aff need not precisely delineate every single way that juveniles ought to be treated as adults in the criminal justice system.
RA #4 (Aff)
Since the burden of the Aff is to prove the resolution true as a general principle, the Aff need not argue that juveniles charged with violent felonies be treated as adults in every single case, or in every single way. Rather, the Aff must show that juveniles charged with violent felonies be treated as adults in the majority (or preponderance) of cases, and in the majority of ways.
RA #5 (Aff)
Since the resolution says "juveniles charged with violent felonies," and the prepositional phrase employs a plural noun, we concern ourselves only with juveniles charged with more than one violent felony.
Since the resolution concerns the United States criminal justice system, and since the terms "juvenile" and "violent felony" are clearly defined in U.S. Code, and for the sake of clarity and fairness to both sides, we should use federal definitions of both terms (linked above).
Observation #1 (Aff)
It is important to remember that a juvenile charged with a violent felony has not been convicted of the crime.
Regardless of any other considerations, any arguments that do not meet Constitutional muster can be rejected out-of-hand.
Observation #3 (Aff)
Any bright-line distinction between juveniles and adults based solely on age is completely arbitrary.
The legal process is inherently political.