The English laws punish vice; the Chinese laws do more, they reward virtue.
Once we are destined to live out our lives in the prison of our mind, our duty is to furnish it well.
I asked a man in prison once how he happened to be there and he said he had stolen a pair of shoes. I told him if he had stolen a railroad he would be a United States Senator.
If punishment reaches not the mind and makes not the will supple, it hardens the offender.
Whatever is worthy to be loved for anything is worthy of preservation. A wise and dispassionate legislator, if any such should ever arise among men, will not condemn to death him who has done or is likely to do more service than injury to society. Blocks and gibbets are the nearest objects with legislators, and their business is never with hopes or with virtues.
It is safer that a bad man should not be accused, than that he should be acquitted.
You utter a vow, or forge a signature, and you may find yourself bound for life to a monastery, a woman, or prison.
Those magistrates who can prevent crime, and do not, in effect encourage it.
In prisons, those things withheld from and denied to the prisoner become precisely what he wants most of all.
History is full of people who went to prison or were burned at the stake for proclaiming their ideas. Society has always defended itself.
Only free men can negotiate. Prisoners cannot enter into contracts.
The refined punishments of the spiritual mode are usually much more indecent and dangerous than a good smack.
It is hard, but it is excellent, to find the right knowledge of when correction is necessary and when grace doth most avail.
Everyone is a prisoner of his own experiences. No one can eliminate prejudices - just recognize them.
One of the problems that the marijuana reform movement consistently faces is that everyone wants to talk about what marijuana does, but no one ever wants to look at what marijuana prohibition does. Marijuana never kicks down your door in the middle of the night. Marijuana never locks up sick and dying people, does not suppress medical research, does not peek in bedroom windows.