As it should be...In essence it is different, but in practice it is the same. And even in intent it is the same - prison is used as a punitive action, every bit as much as a "corrective" action. We "punish" people by sending them to a place they don't want to go to, where they have no choice or freedom and very few rights.
And why not?Yet, you and the rest of polite society condone this.
You make a compelling argument that most parents torture...But it is interesting that you condone punishment for wrong-doing. Who decides what is considered "wrong-doing"? And who decides what a "just" punishment is? You? Me? Us, collectively? You condone punishment, which means you condone coercion of force on another person (that is, an act done to them against their will). Can this not leave psychological scars? And if it does... how different is it than torture? Further, if we can justify the means with the ends and decide that sending people to prison (unwilling confinement, reduced liberty, huge potential for rape and other assaults), then why should we draw a seemingly arbitrary line at what you consider "torture"? If the ends justify the means, and it does work to extract information, then why is it considered over the line when something like prison isn't?