It is the deed that teaches, not the name we give it. Murder and capital punishment are not opposites that cancel one another, but similars that breed their own kind.
It is hard, but it is excellent, to find the right knowledge of when correction is necessary and when grace doth most avail.
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 never saw a man who looked With such a wistful eye Upon that little tent of blue Which prisoners call the sky.
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.
The number of laws is constantly growing in all countries and, owing to this, what is called crime is very often not a crime at all, for it contains no element of violence or harm.
Overlook our deeds, since you know that crime was absent from our inclination.
The refined punishments of the spiritual mode are usually much more indecent and dangerous than a good smack.
On average, drug prisoners spend more time in federal prison than rapists, who often get out on early release because of the overcrowding in prison caused by the Drug War.
I am an expert of electricity. My father occupied the chair of applied electricity at the state prison.
There is no greater punishment of wickedness that that it is dissatisfied with itself and its deeds.
No written law has been more binding than unwritten custom supported by popular opinion.
We have our own system, ... and journalists in our system are not put in prison for embarrassing the government by revealing things the government might not wish to have revealed. The important thing is that our system, under which journalists can write without fear or favor, should continue.
Faults of the head are punished in this world, those of the heart in another; but as most of our vices are compound, so also is their punishment.
The English laws punish vice; the Chinese laws do more, they reward virtue.
It is safer that a bad man should not be accused, than that he should be acquitted.
To make punishments efficacious, two things are necessary. They must never be disproportioned to the offence, and they must be certain.