If punishment reaches not the mind and makes not the will supple, it hardens the offender.
Oh who is that young sinner with the handcuffs on his wrist? And what has he been after that they groan and shake their fists? And wherefore is he wearing such a conscience-stricken air? Oh they're taking him to prison for the colour of his hair.
Overlook our deeds, since you know that crime was absent from our inclination.
To make punishments efficacious, two things are necessary. They must never be disproportioned to the offence, and they must be certain.
Nothing can be more abhorrent to democracy than to imprison a person or keep him in prison because he is unpopular. This is really the test of civilization.
When the Nazis came for the communists, I remained silent; I was not a communist. When they locked up the social democrats, I remained silent; I was not a social democrat. When they came for the trade unionists, I did not speak out; I was not a trade unionist. When they came for me, there was no one left to speak out.
It is impossible to go through life without trust: That is to be imprisoned in the worst cell of all, oneself.
The law does not pretend to punish everything that is dishonest. That would seriously interfere with business.
Forgiveness, that noblest of all self-denial, is a virtue which he alone who can practise in himself can willingly believe in another.
To my mind, to kill in war is not a whit better than to commit ordinary murder.
America is the land of the second chance – and when the gates of the prison open, the path ahead should lead to a better life.
If we were brought to trial for the crimes we have committed against ourselves, few would escape the gallows.
He was a first-time nonviolent possible offender, ... And under the mandatory minimums, he was put in prison for 15 years. Not only does the punishment not fit the crime, but the mandatory minimums don't give judges any discretion to look at the background of the case, to read into the specifics of the case. I don't know a judge who really is in favor of the mandatory minimums.
By noiselessly going to a prison a civil-resister ensures a calm atmosphere.
A Sunday school is a prison in which children do penance for the evil conscience of their parents.
There are only two places in the world where time takes precedence over the job to be done. School and prison.