Have to agree with atomik. I've always felt that two wrongs don't make a right.I have in the past, voiced an opinion and been shot down in flames. Am not sure of a solution maybe one to one help rather than imprisonment which doesn't resolve the issue. Easy words from someone who hasn't been effected, apart from a friend a while ago beating a suspected paedo. The whole episode I found disturbing on many levels and didn't resolve anything!
Generally speaking I would agree with you, two wrongs don't make a right. However, the option of choosing between one to one help and imprisonment means assuming that the person in question has been arrested, charged, convicted and jailed. There are so many cases that never get that far, and so many people who don't report what has happened to them for many years, if at all, because they are so traumatised by what happened to them. It's also very difficult, if not impossible, to help someone who doesn't believe they have a problem, and I think that applies to all sorts of problems that different people have. If I walked into a room and found someone hurting my son I don't believe for a second that any of that would move around in my head; I feel my instinct would be to attack them in order to stop them. Equally I feel the same way about being in a situation where I knew who had done something to him. Given our experiences with the police last time I would assume they would do the same and I would therefore have a choice between nothing happening or sorting something out myself. I would choose to do the latter. But as I said at the beginning, generally speaking I would agree with you that two wrongs don't make a right, although I do feel this isn't always the case.