Nothing can be more abhorrent to democracy than to imprison a person or keep him in prison because he is unpopular. This is really the test of civilization.
It is impossible to go through life without trust: That is to be imprisoned in the worst cell of all, oneself.
To be in prison so long, it's difficult to remember exactly what you did to get there.
Virtue pardons the wicked, as the sandal-tree perfumes the axe which strikes it.
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 torment of human frustration, whatever its immediate cause, is the knowledge that the self is in prison, its vital force and 'mangled mind' leaking away in lonely, wasteful self-conflict.
Here the great art lies, to discern in what the law is to be to restraint and punishment, and in what things persuasion only is to work.
The common argument that crime is caused by poverty is a kind of slander on the poor.
To make punishments efficacious, two things are necessary. They must never be disproportioned to the offence, and they must be certain.
Forgiveness, that noblest of all self-denial, is a virtue which he alone who can practise in himself can willingly believe in another.
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.
America is the land of the second chance – and when the gates of the prison open, the path ahead should lead to a better life.
Crime is a logical extension of the sort of behavior that often [is] considered perfectly respectable in legitimate business.
Those magistrates who can prevent crime, and do not, in effect encourage it.
It is safer that a bad man should not be accused, than that he should be acquitted.