The refined punishments of the spiritual mode are usually much more indecent and dangerous than a good smack.
If we were brought to trial for the crimes we have committed against ourselves, few would escape the gallows.
Kill a man, and you are an assassin. Kill millions of men, and you are a conqueror. Kill everyone, and you are a God.
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.
The contagion of crime is like that of the plague. Criminals collected together corrupt each other; they are worse than ever when at the termination of their punishment they re-enter society.
We're in a war. People who blast some pot on a casual basis are guilty of treason.
Justice is justice though it's always delayed and finally done only by mistake.
Show me the prison, Show me the jail, Show me the prisoner whose life has gone stale. And I'll show you a young man with so many reasons why And there, but for fortune, go you or I.
The thoughts of a prisoner - they're not free either. They keep returning to the same things.
Society has used the juvenile courts to create a caste system where there are throw-away people.
The perfection of a thing consists in its essence; there are perfect criminals, as there are men of perfect probity.