Therapeutic Counseling

NBC News reports that conservative pundit Dinesh D’Souza has been sentenced to a $30,000 fine, community service and ‘therapeutic counseling’ for illegally routing campaign contributions through other people in an attempt to circumvent donation limits. I’m not a fan of D’Souza at all, but I find the notion of ‘therapeutic counseling’ a little perplexing, if not disturbing. Isn’t the implication that D’Souza’s offending was a result of some kind of mental illness, or at least a defective thought process, that can be cured by therapy?

If this is true, what would prevent us reaching the same conclusion for any other criminal action, and requiring every criminal to undergo such ‘treatment’?

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