The penalty for laughing in a courtroom is six months in jail; if it were not for this penalty, the jury would never hear the evidence.
Here the great art lies, to discern in what the law is to be to restraint and punishment, and in what things persuasion only is to work.
One man meets an infamous punishment for that crime which confers a diadem upon another.
There are few better measures of the concern a society has for its individual members and its own well being than the way it handles criminals.
If two people fight on the street, whose fault is it? Who is the criminal? It is the government’s responsibility because the government has not educated the people to not make mistakes. The people have inadequate, incompetent education, so they make mistakes! It is such a fraud.
Every instance of a man's suffering the penalty of the law is an instance of the failure of that penalty in effecting its purpose, which is to deter.
It is more dangerous that even a guilty person should be punished without the forms of law than that he should escape.
If punishment reaches not the mind and makes not the will supple, it hardens the offender.
There is no greater punishment of wickedness that that it is dissatisfied with itself and its deeds.
To try to raise a son from inside the prison walls is a very difficult thing. But I want to say to the world my son at 16 was the one who tried the most to get me out of prison.
Civilization is maintained by a very few people in a small number of places and we need only some bombs and a few prisons to blot it out altogether.
I wrote a million words in the first year, and I could never have done that outside of prison.
It is true you cannot eat freedom and you cannot power machinery with democracy. But then neither can political prisoners turn on the light in the cells of a dictatorship.
Society has used the juvenile courts to create a caste system where there are throw-away people.
Prosecution I have managed to avoid; but I have been arrested, charged in a police court, have refused to be bound over, and thereupon have been unconditionally released - to my great regret; for I have always wanted to know what going to prison was like.