I asked a man in prison once how he happened to be there and he said he had stolen a pair of shoes. I told him if he had stolen a railroad he would be a United States Senator.
I am an expert of electricity. My father occupied the chair of applied electricity at the state prison.
It is safer that a bad man should not be accused, than that he should be acquitted.
The reformative effect of punishment is a belief that dies hard, chiefly I think, because it is so satisfying to our sadistic impulses.
No matter how you seem to fatten on a crime, that can never be good for the bee which is bad for the hive.
Crime is a logical extension of the sort of behavior that often [is] considered perfectly respectable in legitimate business.
The refined punishments of the spiritual mode are usually much more indecent and dangerous than a good smack.
If we were brought to trial for the crimes we have committed against ourselves, few would escape the gallows.
In jail a man has no personality. He is a minor disposal problem and a few entries on reports. Nobody cares who loves or hates him, what he looks like, what he did with his life. Nobody reacts to him unless he gives trouble. Nobody abuses him. All that is asked of him is that he go quietly to the right cell and remain quiet when he gets there. There is nothing to fight against, nothing to be mad at. The jailers are quiet men without animosity or sadism.
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.
By noiselessly going to a prison a civil-resister ensures a calm atmosphere.
To my mind, to kill in war is not a whit better than to commit ordinary murder.
The worst prison is not of stone. It is of a throbbing heart, outraged by an infamous life.
A just chastisement may benefit a man, though it seldom does; but an unjust one changes all his blood to gall.
Justice is that virtue of the soul which is distributive according to desert.
When I was in prison, I was wrapped up in all those deep books. That Tolstoy crap - people shouldn't read that stuff.