Quoting Laurnabeth:" See, all the 'bad' kids I knew that served jail time were spanked, the ones who never really got in trouble at all were never touched.
There's also a difference between educating your kid on what they did, and just swatting them at what to them might seem like random. And some of the inmates I talked to thought getting beat across the back, buttocks, and legs with a rubber hose, extension cord, or other random object until welts rose was "getting spanked". Which, in my opinion it is not. I got spanked with a belt, but it was only on my butt, never left anything other than a bit of red that faded within 30 minutes, and was always accompanied by a lecture on what I did and why it was wrong. Just randomly hitting a child doesn't count as discipline because it's not accompanied by education. It was a very, very rare inmate that I met that actually grew up with discipline, and those were all drug users, not offenders that actually caused harm to others or infringed on other people's rights or property.