The problem is not that those campaigning for counseling over prison never learn. The problem is instead that the consequences of their persistent obliviousness get visited on other people, often including the defenseless. The most recent story involves the beating death of the toddler son of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (emphasis added):
The suspect [Joseph Patterson] in the alleged beating death of NFL star Adrian Peterson's two-year-old son reportedly has a history of domestic violence against women and children....Court records show Patterson was previously indicted in 2012 on counts of simple assault of a woman and her 3-year-old son, The Argus Leader reported....The report says Patterson was sentenced to a year in jail for the charges and for violating a no contact order, but the sentence was suspended on terms that he undergo counseling.
I'm usually pretty good with words, but I can find no words to capture the mind-bending arrogance and callousness of those whose deliberate ignorance results in outrages like this -- and who then insist that it's law-and-order types who lack compassion.