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.
Wicked deeds are generally done, even with impunity, for the mere desire of occupation.
The only difference between me and my fellow actors is that I've spent more time in jail.
The worst of prison life, he thought, was not being able to close his door.
It is safer that a bad man should not be accused, than that he should be acquitted.
The law does not pretend to punish everything that is dishonest. That would seriously interfere with business.
There are dreadful punishments enacted against thieves; but it were much better to make such good provisions, by which every man might be put in a method how to live, and so to be preserved from the fatal necessity of stealing and dying for it.
Society has used the juvenile courts to create a caste system where there are throw-away people.
A country is in a bad state, which is governed only by laws; because a thousand things occur for which laws cannot provide, and where authority ought to interpose.
It is hard, but it is excellent, to find the right knowledge of when correction is necessary and when grace doth most avail.
The English laws punish vice; the Chinese laws do more, they reward virtue.
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.
We who live in prison, and in whose lives there is no event but sorrow, have to measure time by throbs of pain, and the record of bitter moments.
If you treat prisoners well, they will be less angry, less inclined to violence inside prison, less likely to provoke violent actions by guards, less likely to have reason to file brutality lawsuits that cost taxpayers a bundle and waste administrators' time. And most important, well-treated prisoners will be less likely to leave prison angrier, more vicious and more inclined to criminal behavior than when they went in.