The uneven impact of actual enforcement measures tends to mirror and reinforce more general patterns of discrimination (along socioeconomic, racial and ethnic, sexual, and perhaps generational lines) within the society. As a consequence, such enforcement (ineffective as it may be in producing conformity) almost certainly reinforces feelings of alienation already prevalent within major segments of the population.
Nor cell, nor chain, nor dungeon speaks to the murderer like the voice of solitude.
Probably the only place where a man can feel really secure is in a maximum security prison, except for the imminent threat of release.
One of the many lessons that one learns in prison is, that things are what they are and will be what they will be.
I submit that an individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law.
Most people fancy themselves innocent of those crimes of which they cannot be convicted.
It isn't true that convicts live like animals: animals have more room to move around.
The difference between tax avoidance and tax evasion is the thickness of a prison walls.
I never saw a man who looked With such a wistful eye Upon that little tent of blue Which prisoners call the sky.
Written laws are like spiders' webs, and will, like them, only entangle and hold the poor and weak, while the rich and powerful will easily break through them.
When is conduct a crime, and when is a crime not a crime? When Somebody Up There -- a monarch, a dictator, a Pope, a legislator -- so decrees.
Money will determine whether the accused goes to prison or walks out of the courtroom a free man.
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.
Virtue pardons the wicked, as the sandal-tree perfumes the axe which strikes it.
No written law has been more binding than unwritten custom supported by popular opinion.
I just remember that disturbing feeling of walking into that prison, the complete loss of privacy, the complete loss of stimulation, dignity.