I am an expert of electricity. My father occupied the chair of applied electricity at the state prison.
I never saw a man who looked With such a wistful eye Upon that little tent of blue Which prisoners call the sky.
Prisons don't rehabilitate, they don't punish, they don't protect, so what the hell do they do?
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.
Overlook our deeds, since you know that crime was absent from our inclination.
We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done.
It isn't true that convicts live like animals: animals have more room to move around.
Those magistrates who can prevent crime, and do not, in effect encourage it.
The public have more interest in the punishment of an injury than he who receives it.
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.
There are only two places in the world where time takes precedence over the job to be done. School and prison.
I wrote a million words in the first year, and I could never have done that outside of prison.