The idea that the sole aim of punishment is to prevent crime is obviously grounded upon the theory that crime can be prevented, which is almost as dubious as the notion that poverty can be prevented.
Why would anyone expect him to come out smarter? He went to prison for three years, not Princeton.
I sometimes wish that people would put a little more emphasis upon the observance of the law than they do upon its enforcement.
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.
A just chastisement may benefit a man, though it seldom does; but an unjust one changes all his blood to gall.
The only real prison is fear, and the only real freedom is freedom from fear.
There are few better measures of the concern a society has for its individual members and its own well being than the way it handles criminals.
I am an expert of electricity. My father occupied the chair of applied electricity at the state prison.
One of the problems that the marijuana reform movement consistently faces is that everyone wants to talk about what marijuana does, but no one ever wants to look at what marijuana prohibition does. Marijuana never kicks down your door in the middle of the night. Marijuana never locks up sick and dying people, does not suppress medical research, does not peek in bedroom windows. Even if one takes every reefer madness allegation of the prohibitionists at face value, marijuana prohibition has done far more harm to far more people than marijuana ever could.
Every instance of a man's suffering the penalty of the law is an instance of the failure of that penalty in effecting its purpose, which is to deter.
Definition, rationality, and structure are ways of seeing, but they become prisons when they blank out other ways of seeing.
The thoughts of a prisoner - they're not free either. They keep returning to the same things.
Concepts of justice must have hands and feet to carry out justice in every case in the shortest possible time and the lowest possible cost. That is the challenge to every lawyer and judge in America.
And while God had work for Paul, he found him friends both in court and prison. Let persecutors send saints to prison, God can provide a keeper for their turn.