No man survives when freedom fails. The best men rot in filthy jails, and those who cry 'appease, appease' are hanged by those they tried to please.
The only difference between me and my fellow actors is that I've spent more time in jail.
I sometimes wish that people would put a little more emphasis upon the observance of the law than they do upon its enforcement.
Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.
I wrote a million words in the first year, and I could never have done that outside of prison.
It is safer that a bad man should not be accused, than that he should be acquitted.
Forgiveness, that noblest of all self-denial, is a virtue which he alone who can practise in himself can willingly believe in another.
Adversities such as being homeless and going to prison has made many people stronger.
The law does not pretend to punish everything that is dishonest. That would seriously interfere with business.
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.
Women have worked hard; starved in prison; given of their time and lives that we might sit in the House of Commons and take part in the legislating of this country.
If punishment reaches not the mind and makes not the will supple, it hardens the offender.
Virtue pardons the wicked, as the sandal-tree perfumes the axe which strikes it.
Fast closed with double grills
And triple gates – the cell
To wicked souls is hell;
But to a mind that's innocent
'Tis only iron, wood and stone.
It is certain that the study of human psychology, if it were undertaken exclusively in prisons, would also lead to misrepresentation and absurd generalizations.
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.